“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 Lord’s holy people, 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.” (Ephesians 3:16-19)
We hear about the love of God all the time. We read tons of verses on the subject about how He is a loving Father, how God demonstrated His love to us while we were still sinners, how He quiets us with His love, and how God’s love is better than life itself. And, we can’t forget the verse we all know that sums up the message of the Gospel: God SO loved the world.
Every single one of us needs love. God created us that way. We all spent enormous amounts of time seeking to be loved in one way or another, oblivious to the fact that we’re already loved with a love that never fails. We have a God-sized hole in our hearts that only His love can fill. Even upon a revelation of His love, Christians find it difficult to receive. Let’s face it. It’s complicated. It’s difficult for our finite minds to truly understand. So difficult that, even after mentioning God’s love several times in his letter to the Ephesians, Paul prayed for the Spirit to empower the Lord’s people so they could know the magnitude of the love of God. We also need the power of the Holy Spirit to even begin to tap into the love of God because it is so different from any love that we have known.
Why is it that we can preach about it, sing about it, write about it, and even share it with others, yet countless followers of Jesus Christ go their entire Christian lives struggling to believe they are loved by God? Yes, believers! The enemy of our souls has whispered (or maybe screamed) lies to us that God does not love us. We’ve been led to believe that God’s love can be compared to the love (or lack of love) we received (or didn’t receive) from others - conditional, merit-based, and limited. Because that is what human love entails, we often feel we have to do something for God’s supernatural love. But Jesus already paid the price… all we have to do is receive it. What stands in our way of receiving it fully?
The purpose of this series is to know our identity in Christ. With that in mind, consider for a moment what this world would look like if every disciple of Jesus Christ was truly assured of God’s love. We know it in our minds, just as we know that we are blessed, chosen, redeemed… but is it a reality in our hearts? There’s a significant attack on this because it is the core of who God is; the truth that we are to be rooted and established in. Praise God that absolutely nothing can separate us from His love! Not even our doubts. In this life, there will always be trials and opposition but His True Love is abounding and relentless. Love never fails! As we grab hold of God’s Word by power of the Holy Spirit, we can be secure in being loved.
I truly believe that if we were convinced of the love of God to us, both individually and corporately, we would be unstoppable.
What is your greatest hindrance to embracing God’s love (label, circumstance, etc.)? How different would you be if your identity was truly rooted and established in God’s love? (Focus on being not doing)
Find (and share) at least one verse that pinpoints the fruit of being loved by God. Pick one that is specific to this season of your life. (i.e. Love always hopes. - 1 Corinthians 13:7)
If you're jumping into the series now, feel free to check out the #WDYTYA16 page that includes links to all the posts so far.