In clothing lines, the acronym XXXL (or sometimes written as 3XL) stands for Extra Extra Extra Large or Extremely Extra Extra Large. In Christianity, does this acronym have any weight at all? Yes, it does, the extent of God’s love for us can be said to be X.X.X.L meaning Extravagant, Extreme, and Encumbering Love.
The love of God the Father toward us is Extravagant, for he bestowed/lavished it on us so that we could be called his children (1 John 3:1a).
Greater love has no man than this, that one who lays done his life for his friend; but Extreme love is of and by One who laid done his life for not just his friends, but his enemies.
The love of Jesus Christ, God’s Only begotten Son is Extreme, for while we were still sinners (and enemies of God), Jesus died for us.
The love of the Holy Spirit is Encumbering, for the Holy Spirit seals (encumbers) us unto the day of redemption (Ephesians 1:13; Ephesians 4:30).
God’s love is an Extravagant, Extreme and Encumbering Love (X.X.X.L). Have you experienced this love in your life?
1 John 3:1a (KJV)
1 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God:
John 15:13 (KJV)
13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
Romans 5:8 (KJV)
8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
Ephesians 1:13 (KJV)
12 That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.
13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.
Ephesians 4:30 (KJV)
30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.