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COMPREHENDING THE FATHER’S LOVE

COMPREHENDING THE FATHER’S LOVE

That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;  and to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God. -Ephesians 3:17-19

As Paul prays, he is praying that we are “rooted and established in love.” This love like a seed was planted when we accepted the good news of God’s love in Christ and put our trust in God to save us through Christ. At that moment, we based our lives on the solid foundation of God’s gracious love for us. However, he is praying that this love will take root in us.

Yet, as wonderful and important as the reality of being loved is, it is not enough. In addition to building our lives on divine love, we also need to grow in our knowledge and discovery of this love. Thus, Paul prays that we, “being rooted and established in love, may have power … to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ” (3:18). With our lives based on this love, we begin a lifelong process of learning the immensity of Christ’s love. No matter how much you understand this love and have experienced it, there is still more to be grasped, infinitely more.

What this reveals to us is that whilst God’s love for you was demonstrated in redemption and your first taste of it was when you put your faith in Christ, the rest of our life in Christ will be a journey of revelations, a discovery of the immensity of the Father’s love and much importantly, the implication of that one act of love, on every aspect of our lives. God took your place and suffered what you deserved, so you could be forgiven and go free. So you will learn how this affects your eternity, you will learn the implication of this on your sojourn here on earth. This is what that Pauline prayer is about. And how important that we get to see the implication of the Father’s love in every area of our lives.

From the parable of the prodigal son, we see the Father’s love-longing for his lost son to return. The salvation of the lost is a big thing to Him (Luke 15: 11-35) and your understanding of the dimensions of that love means a lot to the Father.

We have to believe that God loves us this much. Our quality of life depends on it. Our ability to have a happy marriage, to enjoy quality friendships, to influence other people for God, and to cultivate relationships based on love depends upon our understanding and believing that God loves us. If you are tormented by fear in any form; anxiety, oppression, worry; you need a revelation of God’s love for you. 

FURTHER READING: 1 John 4:9-19, John 15:13

CONFESSION: MY HEART GROWS IN THE CONSCIOUSNESS OF THE FATHER’S LOVE AND I’M ROOTED IN THAT LOVE, TO THE GLORY OF HIS NAME, AMEN.

THERE IS LOVE IN SHARING

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