Scripture Reading: Ephesians 3:14-21
“That you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.” (Ephesians 3:17b-19)
We can never grasp the full extent of the Lord’s love for us. Paul says it “surpasses knowledge.” Yet he prays that we would know something of God’s love — its breadth and length and height and depth. Paul wants us to reflect upon God’s love, to look at it from many angles, though we will never be able to fully comprehend it.
“See what kind of love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God, and so we are” (I John 3:1). What kind of love does the Father have for us? First, it is an unconditional love. He loves us no matter what. His love is not conditioned upon us. It is a gift that He has lavished upon us.
Second, God’s love is a sacrificial love. “In this is love, not that we have loved God but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins” (I John 4:10). He loved us and gave His Son for us. There is no greater love than this.
Third, God’s love is an eternal love. “I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued My faithfulness to you” (Jeremiah 31:31). His love for us is unending. Nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:35). Because He loves us He will always be faithful to us.
We are to be rooted and grounded in God’s love. This means we are to be settled in His love. When we are, we are able to love others with it. “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God” (I John 4:7). Because God loves us, we are called to love one another. “Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another” (I John 4:11).
While we may not be able to fully comprehend the extent of God’s love, we can be rooted and grounded in it because God poured out His love on us. Our response should be one of love — love for our God and love for our neighbors.
Loving God, thank You for loving me. I know how unworthy I am of receiving Your love. Yet You have loved me unconditionally, sacrificially and eternally. Enable me to gain some degree of understanding of Your love. Grant me grace to love others with the love with which You have loved me.