[That you may really come] to know [practically, through experience for yourselves] the love of Christ, which far surpasses mere knowledge [without experience]; that you may be filled [through all your being] unto all the fullness of God [may have the richest measure of the divine Presence, and become a body wholly filled and flooded with God Himself]! Ephesians 3:19 Amplified
Oh now THATS a good word Paul! How do you come to know something? Through experience for yourself. You can say you know, but until you’ve gone through it yourself, you can’t truly understand how it feels.
If you’ve lost a close friend, you can empathize with someone going through that. If you’ve had back pain, you can truly understand back pain. If life has taken you down the unemployment line and it’s severely affected your income, your heart goes out to those who are going through that. Experience is indeed the best teacher.
The same goes with the love of God; once experienced, it becomes more then head knowledge, it’s heart knowledge. You’ve been touched by it, changed by it, moved by it, forgiven of an unpardonable sin by it, healed of an incurable disease by it. You’ve been rescued from certain death by it. It’s reached into the very depths of your soul and shown you the reason, filled you with hope and enabled you to love others with the same love the Father has for you.
Why? So that in the emptying of the old you, there’s finally room to be filled full of Him. “A body wholly filled and flooded with God Himself!” Can you even imagine? It was Paul who said, “Christ in me the hope of glory.” Glory being big power. Not just a little current running through the system to power a toaster, but the full out power of Almighty God, transforming you into His image.
For years I’ve cried out for more! I want to be so full of God that it spills out of me onto others. I must become small so that God can be big in me. Until the first thing others see is the love of God and the last thing they experience is His power working through me.
Oh Father, I’m forever forgiven. I’m forever healed. I’m forever changed, now help me to be so much like You that the same life I’ve experienced may change others. It’s in Jesus’ name and for Your glory, Amen.