…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.
I came across this passage from a prayer the apostle Paul was offering up on behalf of the Christians in Ephesus. What struck me in particular were the words describing the love which Jesus Christ has for all of us.
The pure beauty is in the description…“to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ.”
It puts me in mind of another passage of scripture, also written by Paul, which is similar in describing The Lord’s love for us. It is found in (Romans 8:38-39) and it says:
And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
All of us have experienced some sort of deep human love. Whether it be family or friends, or that special kind of romantic attachment, we’ve had a taste of it.
That is a feeling which gives us much pleasure, warmth, and security. But almost all of us have also know what’s it is like to loose such a love. It hurts so deeply as it goes to the very depths of our souls.
But imagine this love of Christ for a moment. Here is a Divine endearment, even richer and more deeply felt than any human love we have ever known, or ever will know. It comes from a bond which goes beyond anything we can form with another person.
And the very best part of this affection is that, unless we reject it completely, it will not fade nor ever go away. What’s more, Christ Jesus has given us His promise of everlasting companionship…“I will never leave you, nor forsake you,” (Hebrews 13:5).
All we need do to have this kind of love and security is to follow the Lord with all our heart, mind, body, and soul. And that love needs to be shown to others we see and deal with as well.
“Aw,” some may say, “that’s too much to ask! I want to live my life my way.” Ask yourself this question: ‘By living my way in the past, have I ever had this kind of love and rich blessings? Has anyone ever promised me heaven and been able to deliver on it?’
The true answer is no…nobody has been able to do that! Only in Christ do we have the love of a Savior who gave up His life for our sins, (1 Peter 2:24). Only in Christ do we have a way to be reconciled to God, (John 14:6). Only in Christ do we have the peace which passes all understanding, (Philippians 4:7).
God’s children through Christ are more loved and blessed than we could ever know on this earth! Praise the Lord for His unmatched mercy, grace, and compassion…