Monday, September 28, 2009

Love of Christ

14 For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, 16 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, 17 that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— 19 to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
20 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, 21 to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
Ephesians 3:14-21, New King James Version

Love of Christ

It is a mystery! Have you ever wondered why the Bible seems so clear to you, while being completely misunderstood by the world?

. . . that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height—to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

Think about the profound mystery of these verses! Becoming a Christian does not just purchase a place for us in heaven! If that were the only purpose, it would be better if we went straight to heaven upon our conversion.

When we become a child of God, Christ dwells in our hearts through faith. We will never be the same again. With Christ in our hearts and the Holy Spirit as our guide, we will be able to comprehend what is the width and length and depth and height of God! And, that is not all. We will be able to know the love of Christ which, indeed, passes all knowledge, and we will be filled with all the fullness of God.

No wonder we are so misunderstood by the world. Born in wickedness, the world does not even have the ability to begin to understand anything about God, much less know the love of Christ. Think of it. Before becoming a Christian, our lives were consumed by ourselves. Every decision was based upon, "What will it get me?" Even when we did compassionate things for others, we gained. Maybe the gain was just to keep some good friends, or maybe the gain was to look good in the eyes of others.

Apart from Christ we do not have the ability to be selfless. Even as Christians, we struggle with this. Only through the power of God will we be filled with all the fullness of God.

So, how should we think of the unbelieving world around us? We should not look "down our noses" upon them, but must remember that at one time we were just like them. Instead, we should pray for their salvation, and also pray that our lives, both in actions and words, will be a Godly testimony before them. Our prayer is that when they see Christ through us, they will come to the knowledge of our Lord and Savior.

Do you find yourself surprised when some of your unbelieving friends turn against you? Remember that their very nature is filled with sin. Instead of being offended, pray for them. Only in Christ will they have the ability to be any different! Only in Christ will they truly know the love of Christ.

Only when we understand the love of Christ, can we begin to really love one another.


God Bless You,
Linda

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