In I John 3:1, the Bible says that God “lavished” His love on us. I like to think of this in terms of food. One of my favorite places to eat is “Cracker Barrel” and when I go to Cracker Barrel, I almost always order the same thing...country fried steak and mashed potatoes (with a side order of okra and fried apples). As the waitress takes my order I ask for gravy on my steak and potatoes emphasizing that I would like extra gravy. I want to make sure that she realizes that I want lots and lots of gravy, so much so that she will have to struggle to keep the food from swimming right off the plate as she rings it to my table. I don’t just want some gravy. I don’t just want extra gravy. I want my food “lavished” with gravy.
In the very same way, that is what God did. He didn’t just love us. He didn’t just give us some extra loving. He lavished His love on us. Romans 5:8 says that God demonstrated His love for us in this, while we were still sinners, Christ died in our place. “See how great a love the Father has lavished on us, that we would be called children of God and such we are!”