My friend Janice caught this photo on her cell phone a few weeks ago. The sky was alive with beauty and power. I cannot comprehend this kind of power. It’s breathtaking and awe inspiring… kind of like God. Another thing I cannot comprehend is God’s incredible love. It takes my breath away. It’s shocking and beautiful… Not unlike this lightening display.
Ephesians 3:16-19 states, “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. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.”
Paul penned these words to the church at Ephesus around A.D 60. It could have been written yesterday. We so need the Spirit’s power to understand God’s incredible love. The horror in the news on any given day, but especially in the last few weeks forces us to recognize how very much we do not understand about the love of God.
Maybe we do not understand love at all?
But I see love every day. I see love in the faces of my children, my husband, my family and friends. We must love everyone… even those who look different, act different, believe different. Why is this so hard? Perhaps because in our attempts to love others we have taken God out of the picture. In our attempts to love we have failed to utilize God’s power to do this very difficult thing.
We approach the love of God with casual indifference or at best a drastic misunderstanding. We are not capable of comprehending the shear magnitude of God’s love with our human reasoning. The text tells us that first we must be rooted and established in love. The NIV translation states in verse 18 that you “may have power” to grasp the size of God’s love. We have no hope in this life unless we understand that God loves us, but this kind of love must be explained to us by His power.
We are also told to love God with our entire being, but this cannot be done by human emotion. Not only is His power necessary to understand His love for us, but His power is necessary in order for us to love Him. Stop trying to do the impossible without His power. Pray for it. Paul states in verse 17 “I pray”. We must be praying to understand His love and to strengthen us to be able to love Him back.
Verse 19 says that this love surpasses knowledge. It is beyond our human ability to completely comprehend the magnitude of God’s love. His love was the motivation behind the greatest miracle of human history; God who took on flesh and bore our sins on the cross. This is a love that defies our human knowledge. The only way to have any grasp of this love is through prayer. We must pray for God to enlighten our hearts and our minds so that His love might be made clear to us. #focusedfaith #godslove #orlando
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16
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