“And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have the 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.” Eph. 3:17b-19
I think that the love of God is something I will never truly get a full grasp on. Every time I look at Him his love is deeper and wider and longer. It is beyond my understanding and it sweeps over my soul making me complete while still filling me with longing. Rich Mullins sang, “There’s a wideness in God’s mercy that I can’t find in my own, and it keeps this candle burning and it melts this heart of stone, keeps me aching, with a yearning, and I’m glad to have been caught in the reckless, raging fury that they call the Love of God.”
The first line of that song always grips me. There is a wideness in God’s mercy, there’s an expanse to God’s love that far exceeds my own! And that is what makes the prayer of Paul in Ephesians so very meaningful to me. I want to know His love, the kind of love that in a reckless abandonment of self, gave up His one and only Son, for the sake of His enemies. I want to know His love, which truly surpasses knowledge, so that it may spill over in every aspect of my life to the glory and praise of God!