Love of the Father
Thursday, June 07, 2012
Scripture: Ephesians 3:14-19
14 For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, 16 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, 17 that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— 19 to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
Observation: As I was reading through the selections for today, these verses kind of jumped out at me. First, I saw the work of all three members of the Godhead: God, Jesus, and Holy Spirit. Second, the person of GOD really stood out, first as “the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ” (vs. 14) and then at the end of vs. 16 when it says “that He would grand you . . . to be strengthened with might through HIS SPIRIT in the inner man.” God is the Father, He sends the Son, and He indwells our hearts through JESUS and HIS HOLY SPIRIT. It is the FATHER’S desire for us to know how much HE LOVES US. Verse 18 tells us that He wants us to know the width and length and depth and height of the love of Christ, even though the quantity/quality of that love passes knowledge, is too great for us to know. The end of verse 19 spells it out: God wants us to be FILLED with HIS LOVE to the greatest degree possible, not on our side but on His side.
Application: I need to get it in my mind and spirit that He has already done the work, that He ALREADY loves me, that when I accepted Jesus as my Savior (verse 17), God came to dwell in me and with me. He wants to—and has—strengthened my inner man, my spirit, and I AM filled with all the fullness of GOD. Now, all I have to do is believe it!! It’s a done deal.
Prayer: Father, help me to take in the magnitude of the spiritual exchange that happened on my behalf when I said “YES!” to Jesus Christ. Help me to see plainly the manifestation of YOU in my life and see how You are filling me, changing me, loving me. I want to be conscious of Your Presence with me and in me every second of every minute of every day. Lord, help me to love You as You love me! In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.