Extreme is Extreme
In life there are extremes. We tend to go to extremes. Our opinions are often extreme and lacking information. Our behavior can be extreme. We can overeat or drink too much, or become workaholics. Our words are often extreme, saying things like, “you always” or “you never.” Sometimes, however, extremes are good and greatly beneficial. Absolute love is extreme and very good. Extravagant forgiveness is extreme and is true forgiveness.
When I think of extreme, a host of words come to mind. Most of them pertain to God’s attributes, kindness, love, forgiveness, restoration, and sacrifice.
Just One Passage from Hebrews to Illustrate this Reality
Just look at all the extreme, forever, better, permanently, uttermost, and always aspects of God’s work of redemption. Then be amazed. It is bigger than Mt. Everest or the Grand Canyon. It is farther than the farthest galaxy. It is more plentiful than all of the atoms in the universe. It is extreme. God’s love is extreme, forever, absolute, exceptional, extraordinary, remarkable, extravagant, and fabulous. It is amazing.
“And it was not without an oath. For those who formerly became priests were made such without an oath, but this one was made a priest with an oath by the one who said to him: ‘The Lord has sworn and will not change his mind, ‘You are a priest forever.’’ This makes Jesus the guarantor of a better covenant. The former priests were many in number, because they were prevented by death from continuing in office, but he holds his priesthood permanently, because he continues forever. Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.” Hebrews 7:20-25
How to Identify a Follower of Jesus
A true disciple is amazed and thankful. They tell others what Christ has done.
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.” Colossians 3:16
Five Minute Friday
This post is part of the weekly Five-Minute Friday link-up.
All scripture passages are from the English Standard Version except as otherwise noted.
Yes, God’s love is extreme. I liked the description of God’s work of redemption and the encouragement to followers of Jesus.
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I thank God for His extreme love for all mankind.
Just stopped by from FMF#14
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I always and I never,
and I guess you could say
I use this as a lever
that I will get my way.
A diva, some would call me,
and they would be correct,
for there can be no mystery
in how I might reflect
the love in which God takes my soul
(He had known me in the womb!),
and in my faith perfected whole
I occupy this room
to give my lessers autographs
while God laughs and laughs and laughs.
Sorry I am late. Went belly up and unresponsive two days in a row. Barb thought I was done.
The sonnet’s not much, but the best I can give.