Thursday, May 27, 2010

Be Deeply Rooted in God's Love

Ephesians 3:16-19
16 I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit.  17 Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong.  18 And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is.  19 May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.

Paul, having reflected for the Ephesians-- and for us-- upon the great gift of God to us all, comes to these expressions of prayer and praise. He specifies one of the ways he prayed for the Christians at Ephesus, and for us as well, was that we all become empowered with inner strength. This inner strength comes through God's Holy Spirit after HE takes up residence within our restored new nature. Paul encourages us to allow our roots to grow deep into the unconditional love of God. This deep-rooted source will nourish our strength. He clarifies that Christ's love in God is far beyond anyone's capacity to measure but he nevertheless urges us to understand how long, high, deep this love goes. He reminds us to go beyond Christian rhetoric and to really experience Christ's love in our practical daily living.

When we apply Christ's love-- unconditional love-- on a daily basis then something wonderful happens within us and through us that blesses others. The Lord's love is massively and immeasurably larger than you or I have the capacity to contain, for sure. However because of that truth, we can be certain that His love can fill us so completely that there will be no room left for evil or self. This would be an awesome experience for you this day if you have not yet enjoyed this new nature. It would be another awesome experience for you to see this unconditional love nature take root in a new life who does not now know it.  Whom should you tell today?

Your Servant in Christ's Love

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