Saturday, May 17, 2014

Ephesians 3:16-19

Ephesians 3:16-19 – 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 a measure of all the fullness of God.

Paul prays for the Ephesian church that they would come to know God’s Love more.  There are a couple of things that we need to understand about God’s Love. First, His Love goes beyond all knowledge. Before the world began God’s Love was there, and when everything comes to an end His Love will still be there. It is the most important thing.

We also need to understand that we are already in God’s Love. Paul prays that we are able to grasp how wide and long and high and deep that Love is, but before that He tells us that we are rooted and establish in God’s Love. God created us in Love and we are already engulfed in it, we just don’t always realize it. That is why Paul is praying for us to have a deeper understanding. He does not pray that we receive the Love, because we already have.

God’s Love is already in us and around us; we just need to learn to walk in a greater awareness of it. Jesus tells us to Love God and to Love people, but first we have to realize and recognize that we have God’s Love through Christ. He is in our heart and mind and with Him comes the Love of God. It is this Love that gives the ability to fulfill the command that Jesus has given us.

It begins with God’s Love and in the end all things will be made complete in His Love. As we become God’s children it is our responsibility to Receive, Return and Reciprocate the Love of God. First let His Love come to you (Receive). Second, Love Him in the same way (Return). Third, Love others as He Loves us (Reciprocate). 

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