Are we captivated by the love of God? Do we understand that love? Can we ever fully grasp how immense that love is for us? Do we embrace the understanding that nothing can separate us from that love? C.S. Lewis once said,
“The great thing to remember is that though our feelings come and go God’s love for us does not.”
I recently spoke for a camp and found that when people were asked “Do you know that God loves you?” their responses were often filled with questions. In fact, even many of the leaders were unable to adequately explain what it meant for God to love them. It was fascinating for me because it led, on numerous accounts, down a very similar path littered with the questions I started this article with.
In order to better get a grasp on the issue at hand, we can turn to Ephesians 3:17-19,
“so that through faith the Anointed One will reside in their hearts. May love be the rich soil where their lives take root. May it be the bedrock where their lives are founded so that together with all of Your people they will have the power to understand that the love of the Anointed is infinitely long, wide, high, and deep, surpassing everything anyone previously experienced. God, may Your fullness flood through their entire beings. Now to the God who can do so many awe-inspiring things, immeasurable things, things greater than we ever could ask or imagine through the power at work in us”
This was at the heart of the prayer Paul had for the Ephesians. Did you catch the middle part, where it says, “the love of the Anointed is infinitely long, wide, high, and deep, surpassing everything anyone previously experienced.” That still rings true today. That is how much God loves you.
So, do we pray Paul’s prayer for our leaders, for our children for our friends? Do we take time to reflect on it ourselves? We need to make sure that God’s love is rooted in our lives so it can create a new life that is established in Him and His love for us. What does it mean to root our lives in that love?
Rooted means starting by planting the seed of His love within us and then having that grow together with the soil of our lives – it starts with grasping God’s love and then working through that understanding so that it takes a firm hold. And, then, to be established means we live a life that is a new beginning in Him, we are re-established or reborn into the knowledge of God’s incredible love for us.
So, I go back to the questions I asked at the start: Do you know that God loves you? Are you captivated by the love of God? Do you truly understand that love?