In October 2012, Holy Spirit woke me quoting this verse out of I John 3:1.
Behold what manner of love the Father has given to (lavished on) us, that we should be called the children of God.
The word, Behold, sounded loud and I knew He was trying to show me something.
When I went to Strong’s Greek- #1492, I found it means, to look upon, to contemplate, and wonder at, be astonished. Open your eyes, this is important.
In other words, “Look at this love. It is unlike any other–Something wonderful—full of wonder.”
Then I pulled up scriptures using the word:
Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a Son and you shall call His name Immanuel. Isaiah 7:14
Behold I bring you tidings of great joy. Luke 2:10-11
Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world…John 1:29
In 1 John 3:1, Behold is plural—ALL of you behold what I’ve just seen—Stop and consider this foreign kind of love God has bestowed on us. This love is NOT found naturally in humanity.
Blow the shofar, bang the drums, summon the dancers, gather the worshipers, assemble the Body. You must see this. You must take this into your very soul and let it bear fruit in your life.
God who is rich in mercy did not treat us as our sins deserved. He chose to love us as His own, to adopt us as sons…not because of anything we did or will do, just because He is pure love through and through. His only response is to love us.
There isn’t any love to compare on this earth, none—don’t even try. Any other love is trash in comparison. Look at the price He paid to extend His love to us and adopt us as His sons.
So let’s take a good look and do it as a group. Let’s share with each other what we see. Each of us sees from a different perspective and God’s love is so vast, so deep. Each one of us has a piece to bring. None of us can see the whole picture. We need your piece. You need mine. Behold—Seeing—really seeing God’s love will forever change us as nothing else can.