Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. Ephesians 3:17-18(NLT)
We sometimes imagine that our basic problem is that we don’t love God enough. Apart from trying to figure out just what “enough” means, this is mistaken. Our basic problem is that we don’t know how much God loves us. John 3:16 says, For God so loved the world, how big is this “so love”? His love is overwhelming, never ending, past finding out kind of love. So high we can’t get over it, so wide we can’t get around it, so low we can’t get under it, the song writer calls it reckless love.
As recipients of this love, our lives are to be lived out of a daily deep awareness of how much we are loved. When it comes to God loving us, He throws out the ration book. He does not dole it out in some miserly way so that we get just enough to survive on. He pours it out lavishly, but we so often fail to grasp it and so our lives are not rooted in love but in fear or guilt or shame or insecurity.
We may think we are not worthy of that love. In which case we have to realise that the love of God is not a payback for our good behaviour but a free gift offered to all, worthy or not. Other times we wonder how anybody could possibly love us because we have had so little experience of it from other human beings. It is good to know that God’s love is not like those other human beings whose love for us is ego driven, fickle, or sometimes disastrously misguided. Today, believe that God’s love for you is borderless and that Jesus is evidence of this.
I Declare: Today I declare that I am grounded and rooted in God’s love. The love of God upon my life is overwhelming and opens me up to opportunities to love others as Christ loves them bringing joy to the heart of our heavenly father.
Ignite Thought: Being loved is the rich soil from which all our fruitfulness and fulfilment grows.