by Dan Weyerhaeuser, Senior Pastor
God’s love is a remarkable thing! In preparing for this topic, I looked at more than 100 verses from all over the Bible, and was overwhelmed by the tsunami of God’s love that it presents. I look forward to the day when we experience His love in His full presence. But until that day, know that He won’t love you more on that day than He does today. What is true is that you need His help to know the love He has for you.
Take a few minutes to hand your distractions and responsibilities over to Him. Ask Him to speak again through His Word, and help you encounter Him!
Read Ephesians 3:14-19 several times slowly out loud.
- In v. 14-15, Paul begins by remembering to whom it is that He prays. Why does this matter?
- Why is it important to note that we can call Him “Father?” Can you call anyone “father?” Can you approach a king and call Him “father?” How do you respond to knowing for all who have been redeemed by Christ, He wants you to call Him “Father?” Talk to Him about this.
- 16-17a What does Paul pray the Father would do? Take a few minutes and pray this very thing for yourself.
- In 17b-19 Paul elaborates upon what we are praying. One truth is that God’s love “Roots and grounds” you. What does this mean?
Have you thought about God’s love providing this kind of stability before? Has it? Ask God to help you be “rooted and grounded” in His love.
We need God to give us “strength” to comprehend the love of Christ. Why might this be? (I ask you because as I type this, I’m not sure I know… Reflect on this and see if an answer emerges).
God’s power will help me “with all the saints” to comprehend the immensity of His love. How does this impact you, that God’s love that you need the strength of God imparted to you that you would know the “breadth, and length and height and depth” of the love of Christ. How much love IS that?
What does it mean that we might “be filled with all the fullness” of a loving God? Take time to pray that He would do this in you.
Pray that He would do this same thing in the people you love (your family, friends, Church).
As you conclude: What is one truth about God from these texts you can take through your day? How can you remember it?
Can you think of two people you will see today who don’t yet know the joy of Christ? Take a moment and pray for both of them, that God’s Spirit would give them new birth. Then watch for how He brings you two together.