Scripture: Ephesians 3:1-21
Observation: Paul begins by sharing God’s plan for his children, highlighting the blessings and riches they’ll receive. He shares some of his own story, talking about what a privilege it is to spread the Good News of Jesus. He finishes with a prayer highlighting God’s incredible love.
Application: When I think of love, I think of the infamous “LOVE” sign in Center City Philadelphia. I think of my own wedding Day. I think of Valentine’s Day, chocolate hearts, red roses, the color pink. I think of experiences, events, and emotions. I think of things I can capture and define, see and understand.
God’s love is far bigger than all of that.
It’s difficult to capture and impossible to define in our own human terms. It’s something we can see but can barely understand. It’s an anchor, and it’s a lifeline. Here’s how Paul puts it:
“And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is.”
His love knows no bounds.
His love has no dimensions.
His love is everywhere and in everything.
His love is pure, untainted and untarnished by selfish desires.
His love is perfect.
His love is yours.
“May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.”
You don’t have to fully understand his love to live in it.
We live in his love when our hope is Christ and Christ alone.
We live in his love when we’re others-focused rather than self-focused.
We live in his love when we give glory to God in every circumstance, suffering, and trial.
We live in his love when we realize his love is all we need.
Prayer: God, thank you for your love, your perfect, completely, selfless love. I pray I can live in your love and model it for others. Amen.