Ephesians 3:18 (NIV1984)
(that you) may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ
Ephesians 3:18 (AMP)
That you may have the power and be strong to apprehend and grasp with all the saints [God's devoted people, the experience of that love] what is the breadth and length and height and depth [of it]
The line was long but moving steadily. We were all dressed the same, in our long white robes. I was nearing the front of the line and I could see Jesus’ face beaming as He greeted each newcomer into heaven – until He saw me. His countenance changed from one of loving delight to that of well-I-guess-since-you’re-here-you-might-as-well-come-in kind of look.
And each time (during that period of my life) when I envisioned the day I would enter heaven, the above scenario played through my mind.
I didn’t doubt my salvation; I just couldn’t imagine that He would be happy to see me.
Furthermore, I’m sure my feelings of being unlovable (even by God) played a lot into many of the destructive choices I made during that time. But as I spent time memorizing and meditating on His Word, the more secure I became. I became rooted in His love for me. But it wasn’t easy to get to the point where I could even begin to comprehend such great love.
However now I see Him not only beaming, but holding me tight on that future day. In fact, there are times I’m convinced that I’m His favorite. Yet, there are still days when I need to experience His love more deeply.
Which brings me to my February goal: to know and recognize God’s love for me more and more.
How would our lives change if we spent this week asking God to help us apprehend how much He loves us? Is it possible to grasp such a love? Can you think of a more enjoyable pursuit?
How would realizing the depth of His love for you change the way you think about yourself – and others?
Since this is the month we celebrate love, I thought we’d spend the first two weeks meditating on God’s love for us, and then the last two weeks on our love for Him.
Next week, we’ll memorize and/or meditate on the next verse.
By the way, we are also approaching the season before Easter (Lent). I want to encourage us to spend this time really pressing in to grow spiritually. One of the links I have on this website, Ryan Graham’s “Truth in Faith” has a 68 Day Challenge. It’s a simple plan that can make a difference in our relationship with God during Lent. Check it out.
I couldn’t close today’s post without mentioning God’s greatest act of love:
John 3:16 (NIV1984)For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
What do you think?
• Will meditating on how much God loves you change you?
• Who do you know could use prayer to discover God’s loves for him or her?
• What is your February goal? What area in your life do you want God to help you with?