Ephesians 3:19 (NIV 1984)
And to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
Ephesians 3:19 (Amplified)
[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]!
“Lord, I want to experience Your love. Please flood me with Your presence.”
A few years ago after reading this week’s verse (in the Amplified), I was filled with so much emotion that I literally stood up and prayed those words out loud.
The thought of actually being flooded with God Himself brought me to tears of anticipation and awe. I was so excited just even imagining the vastness of what I was asking. The joy that followed was astounding.
Did it last?
As with most of my spiritual victories, the business of life distracted me, until I gradually returned to a knowledge that He loved me, rather than the daily experience of His love. But with your help (prayers and accountability), I will return to this glorious verse and begin again to enjoy the fullness of God.
Does knowing that Someone so great loves you change the way you handle stress? How is it transforming your prayer life? Your feelings about God? (Next week, we’ll focus on how we can love Him more.)
For those of you who are continuing the goal to personally experience God’s love more and more, let me (and others) know how you’re doing. Is it changing the way you think about yourselves or others?
If you’ve set different goals for this week to overcome specific behavior or sin areas, let us know how you’re doing and what Bible verses are helping you. How can we pray for you?
What do you think?
• Did you gain a deeper understanding about His love while memorizing verse eighteen last week?
• Is learning how much God loves you affecting the choices you’re making – for yourselves or for others?