Scripture: Ephesians 3.
(What is God saying here?)
Ephesians 3:16-19 (NLT)
16 I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit.
17 Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong.
18 And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is.
19 May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.
(How Can I apply what God is saying here to my circumstances today?)
I believe that if there ever was one hope that each of us would wish for ourselves, I bet it would be that we could feel complete – whole, loved, forgiven, and accepted. No doubt, like me, you often wonder how God could love us throughout the width, or breadth of our experiences, or to the length of our lives. Praise be to God, friend, that He loves us to the height of our celebrations and even to the depths of discouragement, despair and even death. Yes, when we feel shut out from the world and from those around us, let us be reminded that we could never be lost to God’s love for us. Remember that even while people hated Him, despised Him, rejected Him, spit on Him and crucified Him, yet He sacrificed His only Son so that we could witness the love of God that saves all men, yes even you and I, so that we may have eternal life and live with Him in glory someday. That’s the kind of God that loves you and I. That’s the One who makes my life complete and helps me to understand that no matter what may be going on around me, I have a Savior who loves me enough that He cares for me and makes me feel fully loved and totally complete. It is with the love of this Jesus, that we in turn can love others with that same sacrificial love whether we are loved in return or not. As Paul said in verse 19, this type love is too awesome for us to fully comprehend, but it gives us the comfort and assurance to feel complete and enveloped by the love that our Savior has for us. Praise God forever!
(With God’s help, what am I going to do differently today because He said it?)
Thank You Father for that love shown for me at Calvary when You allowed Your precious, only Son to die so that I may live forever in glory with You. This example was such that I may be challenged to reflect on the small petty reasons that I become despondent when others ridicule, or show remorse to me. What I encounter is nothing compared to what You faced, yet You sacrificed it all just for me. Please help me dear God to love the unlovable, to encourage those that may otherwise upset me or use me in ways that may not seem right. To show Your love is to overcome these barriers and love them anyway. I can feel complete today because of Your amazing love for me. Thank You Father!
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