Refreshed by God's Love

In your victories and failures, it is your faith in God’s love that holds you steady

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

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.

Years ago, I heard Dr. James Dobson, a well-known Christian psychologist, talk to parents with young children. This statement has stuck in my mind all these years since he said it: “Don’t ever give yourself permission to yell at your kids but realize all parents will undoubtedly yell at their kids when they are having a bad day.”

I remember that statement because I immediately related it to our relationship with God. I have changed the point of that statement to: “Don’t ever give yourself permission to sin against God, but realize all Christians will sometimes cave to temptation in a weak moment.”

If you are like me, I feel horrible when I fail the Lord. I struggle to forgive myself and fight those feelings of condemnation that I know we Christ-followers should not feel, according to Romans 8:1.

Grasping God’s love for us is most difficult in these moments. It is hard to believe He sees us as His cherished children when we sin against Him.

I love the word “grasp” in today’s Key Verse. The word “grasp” paints a picture of someone desperately holding onto the hand of a friend who is trying to keep us from falling into a deep hole.

When I have sinned, I desperately grasp for God’s love so I do not fall into the deep hole of guilt and condemnation. It is during these times that I hear two voices in my mind.

One voice is what I call the voice of human reason: “I blew it and deserve to be condemned.” The other voice is God’s asking me whether I am going to cling to the voice of human reason or to His voice in the Scriptures.

It is never an easy thing to claim God’s voice over the voice of reason that we trust so often. But God’s Word tells us:

For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.” (Romans 1:17)

Please take note of the phrase “will live by,” which tells us that it is not just a one-time faith to believe Jesus saves us; it is a faith we must exercise for the rest of our lives here on earth.

In our victories and failures, our faith in God’s love and faithfulness carries us. Do not allow any voice to rule over God’s voice.

Father, I am amazed at Your love for me! Help me to grasp it every day, in every situation! I praise You for Your faithfulness to me. In Jesus’s Name I pray, amen.

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