Ephesians 3:14-21 ERV
So I bow in prayer before the Father. Every family in heaven and on earth gets its true name from him. I ask the Father with his great glory to give you the power to be strong in your spirits. He will give you that strength through his Spirit. I pray that Christ will live in your hearts because of your faith. I pray that your life will be strong in love and be built on love. And I pray that you and all God’s holy people will have the power to understand the greatness of Christ’s love—how wide, how long, how high, and how deep that love is. Christ’s love is greater than anyone can ever know, but I pray that you will be able to know that love. Then you can be filled with everything God has for you.
With God’s power working in us, he can do much, much more than anything we can ask or think of. To him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus for all time, forever and ever. Amen.
As I read Paul’s prayer this morning, I saw something about the love of Christ I had previously overlooked. He talked about a life strong in love and built on love, that we must have understanding of the greatness of Christ’s love, a love that’s not just deep, but wide, long and high as well. It’s a love that is greater than we’ll ever know completely, but in knowing that love, we can be filled with everything God has for us. Wow. Did you know to be filled with everything God has for us, we must operate in an unfathomable love?
I don’t know about you, but I’m illiterate in the knowledge of Christ’s love. Knowledge only goes so far. Unless this kind of love is experienced, until it transforms who I am, to who He is in me, until everything I say and do are prompted out of this love, I cannot be filled with everything God has for me. That’s powerful. A love that can fill me like that is a very powerful love. That love pushes beyond hurt and rejection. It just keeps on loving when people talk smack about me, when things don’t work out like I’d planned. It never gives up, it never stops, it never fails. It loves from birth to death. It’s not based on performance, it’s taking what He did and owning it without paying the price for it. It’s knowing I’m the benefactor of something someone else perfected.
What a gift Father, this love that is perfect in every way is what produces good fruit in me. It’s the soil for every seed you’ve planted. Without love, it’s impossible to please You. In myself, I just can’t do it. I can’t unconditionally love people like that. If that’s what You’re asking me to do, I’m not sure I’ll ever get it right. But You didn’t ask me to love them out of my love, You asked me to love them out of Yours. Everything I need for a life of love is already in me when You sent Your Spirit to live in me. Less of me and more of You. So that You may receive the glory and honor through my life as I allow Your love to flow through this vessel made of clay, in Jesus’ name I ask this. Amen