“…Observe how Christ loved us. His love was not cautious but extravagant. He didn’t love in order to get something from us but to give everything of himself to us…” - Ephesians 5 : 1-2 (MSG)
I love John Mark McMillan’s song “How He Loves” and I find it really funny how so many people, especially leaders and worship leaders, can’t handle the famous “Heaven meets Earth like a sloppy wet kiss” line. I also find it kind of amusing that there’s all kinds of different versions of the song that replace these lyrics with words to make us feel less uncomfortable.
Like the verse above says, God’s love is NOT CAUTIOUS, it’s extravagant. His love is boundless.
I’ve never had a problem with the “Sloppy wet kiss” line and I always wonder why so many people do have a problem with it. To me, it’s just illustrating exactly what Ephesians 5 says. God is madly in love with his people!
About a year or two ago, God began speaking to me a lot about his extravagant love and gave me a vision. In the vision, Jesus was standing right in front of me. Jesus then began to lean forward, and stuck his tongue out like he was going to lick my face. Just as his tongue was about to make unforeseen contact with my head, I pulled out a knife and cut his tongue off.
As soon as I had this vision, I thought of a couple of things Jesus did in the Bible that seemed totally crazy in the natural.
The story of Jesus healing the blind man by spitting in mud and rubbing it in the man’s eyes is one of them. Weird right? This grown man walks up, picks up some dirt, hocks a loogie into his hands, mixes it up and proceeds to wipe it all over another grown man’s eyes. (Tell me you would not be humiliated if this happened to you.)
But, the blind man was healed! If this guy had reacted the way that a lot of us would probably react to someone putting mud and spit in our face, (pushing Jesus away) would he have gotten healed?
We’re living in a culture that has perverted affection. Sometimes, the things God does out of love look totally insane to us. But, if we can’t be willing to lay down our own comfort, we are cutting off God’s ability to love us completely and extravagantly. If we put caution to God’s love, we are putting God’s love in a box, and if God IS love, then we’re putting him in a box. He doesn’t fit in those. And he knows what he’s doing.
Keep calm & let God love you.