“As the Father has loved Me
so have I loved you”
God is a God of Love.
And because God is Love the love that flows from the Father to the Son is beyond anything that we can imagine or experience – primarily because our fallen natures are incapable of receiving, accepting and responding to such love. If we could we would be likely to implode or explode because it would be too powerful for our ‘receptors and wiring.”
And yet Jesus tells us that this love – this perfect love of the Father for the Son – is the same love in depth and power that He has for us. It is no wonder then that Paul, having met a Love beyond his experience and expectations, could pray that we should know it as well.
“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” (Ephesians 3:16-19)
We glimpse something of the boundless extent of that Love on the Cross – but even so the full meaning and appreciation of it is wrapped in a mystery that is beyond us. We can only acknowledge it in awe and wonder and pray that the Holy Spirit will enable us to enter more fully into the appreciation and experience of it.
“because God has poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us” (Romans 5:5)
This love needs to sink from our minds into our spirits and hearts. Pray it there.
Holy Spirit please touch my heart and spirit with the far deeper knowledge and appreciation of this great and boundless love – and help me to respond in love as well. Amen.