I don't know about you, but when I think about each one of my kids I'm amazed at how much I love them. Each night before I go to bed I walk into their rooms and look at their little faces. And in those quiet moments something happens deep inside my heart that's hard to put into words. It's this overwhelming desire to embrace them and love them and give them everything they need. It's this huge smile that comes across my face as I look at each one of them and all of what makes them, them. But words fail. Perhaps it's because this kind of love is really a faint image of the transcendant love of God. Or "crazy love" as Francis Chan puts it. And this kind of love ought to leave us speechless.
In chapter 3 of Crazy Love, we are reminded of how much our heavenly Father loves us that we should be called his children (1 John 3:1). And when we experience his love, we are compelled to love others in crazy, costly ways.
1. What's one thing that jumped out at you in this chapter?
2. If you're a parent, talk about how parenting has affected your view of God's love.
3. How can we grow in our understanding and embracing of God as our Father?
**UPDATE: One of the authors on the topic of God's tender, fatherly love is Brennan Manning. All of us his books have similar lyrics but are sung to a different tune. I haven't read all of them, but his basic message is that God loves you like crazy.
You won't agree with everything Manning writes. For example, a friend of mind pointed me to this review of the first book below. He also recommended Paul Miller and his book, Love Walked Among Us, as a better alternative.