How Deep Is Your Love?
At Ephesians 3:14-19 Paul describes his daily prayer for the Christians in Ephesus. He writes:
For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is given its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that, being rooted and established in love, you 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.
First I hear Paul describing the God to whom he prays. This God is the one who is so in control of life he has given the name to each family, each group of people, both in heaven and on earth. This God not only creates the groups, he also defines them by giving them their name.
Second this God is powerful. His supply of power is so vast he can give some of it to us without diminishing his ability to act. The power he gives us is the presence of Christ. Once Christ’s love has sunk its roots in us we then are able to measure that love. We measure its width as we discover Christ’s arms stretched around us in his embrace. We measure its length as we see his love reach beyond the farthest point on our horizon. We measure its height as we find ourselves inside the canopy of love that protects us. We measure its depth as we dig a well below us to discover this love rising as an ever-flowing spring.
Third this love goes beyond knowledge. We study and know what is happening around us. We even study the love of Christ and know some of its qualities. But when we go past the knowledge we relax in his love to discover that we have all our needs met.
Thank you, God, for sending Christ to bring us your love. Teach me to yield myself to live in your love and find that satisfying life you have planned for me. Amen.