14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:14-19
this morning, God’s love through these verses pretty much slugged me in the head with a club and drug me back to a place of complete amazement… amazement and repentance- if we are really being honest with each other.
paul is encouraging/exhorting those in ephesus that they would be strengthened with power thru Christ so that their faith would rest in Him… i feel like a result of this is love, plain and simple. the bible tells us that ‘God is love,’ right? so he then says since we are rooted in love (we all know i love roots :)) and strengthened through Christ so we can therefore: ‘to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge…’
i love it! it’s such a contradiction that almost makes crazy, but so humbled at the same time! did you see it?! paul is praying that they (we) grasp ‘how wide and long and high and deep’ the love of Christ is, but then He comes right behind it and says ‘to know this love that surpasses knowledge…’ he’s praying that we know this love, but he also says that it will surpass/exceed/be greater than what we know.
so maybe i should raise the question of ‘how will we know this love?’. he answered this right before this verse: ‘I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.’ Through faith! Jesus gives us the ability to know this love, even if we can’t wrap our minds around it… that’s what makes it God :).
where ever you are today, this week, whatever comes up in life, remember that there’s a God that loves you SO much that you can’t even wrap your mind around it… your faith has to enter in the picture just to grasp the thought of His love!