Day Two: Experience God's Love
Ephesians 3:17-19, “For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives 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 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.
Romans 8:38–39, “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Apostle Paul uses the phrase, “to grasp”, or “to apprehend.” This comes from an old and common verb, “to lay hold of effectively.” It is his prayer that we might grasp God’s love through experience, not just intellect.
Paul goes on to say we are, “to know this love that surpasses knowledge.” In other words, “I want you to know something that is beyond your intellect. All of us know how you can feel something without fully comprehending it. A baby feels his mother's love, but what does a baby understand about a mother's love? He cannot comprehend love, but he experiences it in miraculous ways. In the same way, a child of God does not have to understand all of God’s love in order to experience it, and as we grow in our relationship with Christ, the mystery of God’s love continues to overwhelm us.
Let the love of Christ wash over you today like water washing over your hands, cleansing you. Let his love remind you that no matter what, you can never escape His extravagant, unconditional, undeniable, and unfailing love.
What does it mean to dwell on God’s love?
In what ways have you experienced God’s love?
What other metaphors describe God’s love?
Based on what you have read and what God is saying to you, what decisions do you need to make?