And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, 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. Ephesians 3:17-19
What if we were able to grasp Christ’s love for us and our lives became an expression of this understanding?
Imagine how drastically this would transform the way we treat our relationships. What if we could live transparently secure in our standing with God?
How would trusting in the truths of today’s Scripture change the things we demand others to fulfill?
Take it a step further. How different would our lives look like if we could love those we are in a relationship with freely because we were no longer looking to them for a love that had eluded us?
The simple fact is that we were created to love. It is very clear in Scripture that God is love and apart from Him love does not exist.
Without it, what motivates our actions and our words can be suspect.
From the outside the actions can seem pure, but our motives are driven by selfish desires. We look to get rather than give. We try to manipulate situations. We “love” out of a sense of obligation, to make up for mistakes or to avoid confrontation.
Our ability to truly love others lies solely in our understanding and acceptance of God’s sacrificial love.
Therefore, Christ must be the foundation upon which we live our lives and care for others as well as what spurs us on to act with right motives.
Ultimately, a sense of freedom is experienced because for the first time we are able to trust our heart and our motives.
- How would resting in the security of God’s love influence your relationships with others?
God, may I put my complete trust in Your love. Open my eyes to the depths of how far Your love runs. Help me to reflect Your sacrificial love in my relationships. In Your name, Jesus. Amen.