We were bouncing and laughing together on their big, new trampoline, three of my grandsons and I, when just casually, little Gideon, at the age of three and a half years, says, “I LOVE you, Gramma”, and keeps on bouncing away…
Only a short while later, amidst meal conversations - “I LOVE you, Mommy”, states Gideon, and the eating simply continues.
After dinner, Gideon shows me one of his super cool educational games, and between excited three year old explanations of game rules, he spouts out, “I LOVE you, Gramma”, then continues on with his babble. (As an aside, I have to say that this very word came to mind, and in looking it up to verify my menopausal brain wasn’t playing tricks on me, I found this meaning: talk rapidly and continuously in an excited or incomprehensible way. Yep! This definitely describes Gideon at that moment in time!)
While enjoying ‘sweet’ fellowship, aka dessert, at the patio table outside, I hear Gideon interject, “I LOVE you, Grampa” and then see him shovel another spoon of ice cream into his little mouth.
This little guy knows what it is to love with abandon! In all his three and a half years of innocence, he is unwittingly loving like God…
With abandon = a far-reaching, unrestricted effort
Just imagine! When God created the heavens, the earth, separated the water into sky and sea, created plants and birds and fish and animals of all different kinds -- He was thinking of YOU and saying, “I love you!”
When God created humankind, He was thinking of the relationship He would have WITH YOU, and saying, “I love you!”
When God sent His perfect and only Son here to suffer and die because of sin, BECAUSE OF YOU, He said, “I love you!”
Yes, God loved the world so much that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him would not be lost but have eternal life.
John 3:16 Easy to Read Version
When God raised Jesus, His Son, from the grave to conquer death and give YOU promise of eternal life through Him, He was exclaiming, “I love you!”
When God, through Jesus, promised to come back to get you once He has completed that forever place FOR YOU to live with Him, He says, “I love you!”
“Jesus said, “Don’t be troubled. Trust in God, and trust in Me. There are many rooms in My Father’s house. I would not tell you this if it were not true. I am going there to prepare a place for you. After I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back. Then I will take you with Me, so that you can be where I am.”
John 14:1-3 Easy to Read Version
When God gives you gifts - “I love you!”
“Everything good comes from God. Every perfect gift is from Him. These good gifts come down from the Father who made all the lights in the sky. But God never changes like the shadows from those lights. He is always the same.”
James 1:17 Easy to Read Version
When God disciplines you - “I love you!”
“My son, don’t reject the Lord’s discipline, and don’t be angry when He corrects you. The Lord corrects the one He loves, just as a father corrects a child he cares about.”
Proverbs 3:11-12 Easy to Read Version
If this is not to love with abandon, I cannot imagine what could be?? How could I ever doubt? God has given His all, His everything, to show His love for me, and for YOU!
“Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between us and Christ’s love for us? There is no way!” Romans 8:35 the Message
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Romans 8:38-39 New International Version
Be encouraged, my friend...YOU are loved with abandon!
I hope you enjoy this song that I found (and recorded myself singing), written by James A. Reese, in 1972. The words are so very beautiful! (I only sang the first three verses - I believe the last verse is for YOU. Love Him back with abandon!) Click on the I Love You! box below.
God Said, “I Love You”
God said “I love you” when Christ was born, God said “I love you” that blessed morn;
No greater gift has the world ever known, Than when God’s Son left His heavenly throne:
God said “I love you” when angels sang, God said “I love you” as the heavens rang,
Tidings of joy, peace, good will to all men; God said “I love you” at Bethlehem.
God said “I love you” at Calvary, God said “I love you” upon that tree;
No greater love could the dear Saviour show, Suffering the curse of our sin and our woe:
God said “I love you” when Jesus died, God said “I love you”, He was crucified.
Bearing my sin that my soul might be free, God said “I love you” at Calvary.
God said “I love you” when Christ arose, Glorious victor o’er all His foes;
Soon to return, now in heaven He reigns, Able to save and release from sin’s chains:
God says “I love you”, come unto Me, God says “I’ll love you for eternity,
Jesus is waiting your Saviour to be, God says “I love you, do you love Me?”
Dear Lord, I love You for loving me, Dear Lord, I love You, now live in me;
So great salvation has found me at last, Giving a future, forgiving the past:
Dear Lord, I love You for being You, Dear Lord, I love You, You made all things new,
No other friend is so faithful and true, Dear Lord, I love You, I really do.