Refreshed by God's Love

Understanding and believing in God’s love for you is important to enjoy the peace of God

Refreshed by God’s Love
Grasping God’s Love – Part IV

Scripture Reading: Ephesians 3:14-21

Key Verse: Ephesians 3:18
[I pray that you] may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ.

For the last two devotionals, we have looked at the levels of love that God has for us and the levels of love that He gave us to love our children. I hope this has helped you grasp God’s love for you in a greater way.

Today’s Key Verse does not refer to the love of Christ as levels of love but does give us a word picture that paints “How wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ.” This scripture points to the vastness of God’s love for us that He lavishes on us:

See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! (1 John 3:1a)

One of the reasons I love studying God’s love is that I sometimes struggle to believe God could really love me that much. My father was a pastor, and I often heard him preach about God’s love beginning in my early childhood. Once I became a pastor, I preached about God’s love for some 44 years. I cannot help but conclude that if I sometimes struggle with how much God loves me, then maybe everyone struggles to believe God loves them at times.

We all need constant reminders that God has a vast amount of love for us, even though none of us deserve it. Understanding and believing in God’s love for us is important. We can never truly enjoy the abundant life that Jesus died to give us if we do not grasp God’s love for us.

The culture around us teaches the idea of earning someone’s favor. This is why it is hard to grasp God’s unmerited love. For many of us, it is easier to believe we must be good if we want God to love us. The problem is that no matter how hard we try, we keep finding ourselves being less than good.

The Apostle Paul knew this struggle:

I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. (Romans 7:15)

Then Paul asked who could rescue him from this misery; his answer was Jesus Christ. Jesus paid for our sins and made it possible for us to be God’s children whom He loves beyond measure!

Rejoice and rest in God’s love. Do not allow the evil one to lay guilt on you because Jesus sets us free from all condemnation.

Father, I receive Your love and walk in that freedom. In Jesus’s Name I pray, amen.

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