Saturday, January 10, 2009

Comprehending His Love

I have been contemplating the verses we will be studying and hearing in the sermon tomorrow: Ephesians 3:18-21. Verse 17 talks about how Christ may dwell in our hearts through faith and all about being grounded and rooted in love.  As we move into the next section, we are told that it is possible to comprehend the love of God.  God loves us and He doesn't just want us to know that intellectually by hearing it with or ears or reading it with our eyes. He actually wants us to comprehend His love so much that we allow it to go so deep that it is implanted into our hearts and souls.  With comprehension comes more than mere understanding for it is truly possible for His love to totally encompass us emotionally and spiritually.  It is possible for us to embrace His love for ourselves!  When we embrace God's love and have that comprehension that the verse is referring to it makes sense to us and we appreciate and believe it without a doubt.  God has made that possible to us because He wants to have a personal relationship with each of us. This love is for all the saints.  God did not just hand pick a few choice people and give them the ability to comprehend His love, but His desire is for us all to experience it.  Fellowship with other believers is so important in our growth as Christians, and when we can spur one another on to comprehending the love of God, we grow closer to each other and to Him.  He uses words such as breadth, length, height and depth to describe His love.  It encompasses it all.  It truly exceeds human love and  overshadows  it. God's love exceeds anything we know and is so much greater than knowledge (vs. 19). We know what it feels like to be empty and long for something.  Too often we look to the world to meet these unmet needs. The knowledge of the world and the ways of the world are not the answer we are searching for.  God's love takes care of our yearning and He makes it possible for us to be filled to the brim with the fullness of Himself.  He is all inclusive and makes us complete. Being filled to the brim like this will help us with our relationships.  It is easy to love people who agree with us, who are nice and have not hurt us.  But with God's love we can love those whom are different and whom are our "enemies."  It is His power working within us that allows us to have this supernatural love, through the Holy Spirit (vs.20).  God wants us to come to Him and make our requests known.  He expects us to call upon Him, and when we do, He is willing to answer far more abundantly that we would have imagined because of the power of the Holy Spirit working.  So let's not be afraid to ask!  He does deserve all of the praise and glory for His love and for giving it so freely to us to comprehend.  We need to offer Him praise and thanksgiving today, tomorrow and forever! (vs.21). Amen!! 

Learning to trust God . . .  In Comprehending His Love . . . One Day at a Time

Carla

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