May. 18, 2016

"What Love Will Do" - Part 1

 

Ephesians 3

17That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,

18May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;

19And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.

Love is always received by faith because it is not a tangible substance that can be touched with the hands or be seen with the natural eye. People report “feeling” love for another person and “feeling” love toward themselves from others. But there is no investigative way of verifying this love. We can’t open a person’s chest, examine the chambers of the heart and point to a mushy mass of affection and without any dispute label that mass as “love”. If a person says they love us and their actions seem to support that declaration, then we generally believe them.

 

The same holds true for the Love of Christ. Ephesians 3:17 reminds us that when we invite the Lord into our hearts, we must believe that He comes, stays and is pleased to dwell there. His care for us is the demonstration of His love. His submission at Calvary is the undeniable proof of His love.

Since He is pure love, that love develops purposeful growth in us. Growth without purpose may be likened to abnormal and accelerated cell growth in the human body. Instead of benefiting the body, it becomes an enemy, a cancer.

According to this verse, Ephesians 3:17, the love of Christ secures us. As we yield to His Presence in us, roots deepen our relationship with Him. This is purposeful growth. It is like underground or unseen vines reaching for more depth in Him. At the same time we become grounded or additionally secured and established. We become stabilized in Him. As we reach for more of Him with the unseen root system of our hearts, He surrounds or grounds us with His Presence. We become stronger and less affected by people or situations that may attempt to convince us to 1) doubt the Lord’s love 2) make decisions that are contrary to His love 3) speak in ways that are not in harmony with His love 4) display actions that are not in agreement with His love.

Know this for certain…if it isn’t helping you, it isn’t love.