How Much Does He Love Us?
In Ephesians 3:14-21, the apostle Paul describes to the Ephesian church how he is praying for them. He says he’s praying for them to be strengthened through the Holy Spirit, so that Christ may dwell in their hearts through faith in order that they “may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge”.
His prayer is for them to be able to truly comprehend how much Christ loves them. Why? He ends verse 19 by saying, “so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.” It’s so they can be spiritually mature—more like Christ.
Understanding the love of Christ (which surpasses all knowledge) is a prerequisite for being spiritually mature. In other words, until we understand how much God loves us (how long, wide, high, and deep is his love), we cannot be Christ-like. So, although it is important to strive to be spiritually mature, at the same time, we must seek to comprehend just how much he loves us. We can’t live as his holy ones until we see that we’re his beloved ones. We can’t show our neighbors grace and mercy until we understand His grace and mercy toward us. That’s my prayer as we come out of the Easter season and move forward into the beauty of spring--that we, as a community, may comprehend just how much God loves us.