That He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power by His Spirit in the inner man,
So that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you being rooted and grounded in love
May be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth,
And to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.
Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly than we can ask or imagine, according to the power that works within us..
Paul’s prayer reveals some profound things about knowing, experiencing, and walking in God’s love. There’s not a more important subject for us to consider. So let’s go for it!
Love is from God
Sort of an understatement, I know. But it’s important to realize that you don’t have God’s kind of love until He reveals it to you and imparts it to you. Period.
God’s love is an exclusive monopoly of the glorious Godhead. But it’s not like He’s stingy. He’s the most generous being in the universe. But if you want to know the most glorious sort of love you will have to get to God.
The problem is that mankind couldn’t get to Him. All the sin and “unlove” in us separated us from His life and love. Thorns and thistles grew up around our hearts and they became callous and unfeeling, turning away from even the knowledge of God we had. So we began to make substitutes for a love relationship with the Father, and worshipped and served the creature and creation rather than the Creator. This is Paul’s view of “fallen” (sinful) man. And this is reality.
Somebody told me recently that they feel bad that they don’t walk in love more than they do. I can totally relate. But we need to back up and get one thing settled: Love is from God. This means that you cannot create it or multiply it or manipulate it.
If I recognize that I’m in a love deficit, that I’m not experiencing and sharing God’s kind of love, then my only solution is getting back to the Father. Every good and perfect gift comes from Him.
Love is from God. Jesus is the highest love manifested in the flesh. The Holy Spirit is love imparted to us miraculously on the inside.
God has to act first. So Paul prays that God will do something powerful on the inside of us by His Spirit – so that we can get established in God’s love.
The love walk begins and ends with God.
And that’s actually really good news.