Love is powerful! Jesus said, “This is my commandment that you love one another as I have loved you” (John 15:12). Paul wrote, “now abides faith, hope, and love, but the greatest of these is love” (1 Corinthians 13:13). Our greatest emotional need is to be loved by someone. We all want to be loved and to love. My life has never been the same since I realized how much Jesus loves me.
One of my favorite passages is Paul’s prayer in Ephesians 3:14-21. Here is the passage:
“For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passes knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God. Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.”
In this passage we find Paul praying for the believers at Ephesus. He was praying that they would be able to comprehend “the love of Christ.” By comprehending the love of Christ they would be filled with all the fullness of God. Think about what you just read…. Being filled with all the fullness of God happens in my life as I comprehend how much Christ loves me.
I encourage you to memorize and meditate on this passage. Ask God to show you how much He loves you—how much Christ loves you. Pray that God would strengthen you in your inner person, that Christ would be at home in every area of your heart, that you would be more rooted and grounded in His love, that you would comprehend His love. His love for us—His children—is broad, long, deep, and high. Christ’s love for us passes knowledge—only God can reveal it to us.
Knowing the love of Christ begins by putting your faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ. The Bible says that all have sinned and come short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). The good news is that God sent His Son to pay for our sin (Romans 6:23; 5:8). Each of us must receive Christ as our Lord and Savior (Romans 10:9, 10, 13). I put my faith and trust in Christ as my Lord and Savior when I was seven years of age—fifty-three years ago. If you have never committed your life to Christ, I pray that you will today.
Thank you God for loving me! Thank you Christ for the love the passes knowledge! Thank you for filling me with all of Your fullness!
Do you know how much Christ loves you?
©2014, Dr. Robert Franklin