As we continue to move into the prayer for the Ephesian church that Paul wrote in his letter to them, we are reminded of God's incredible love for us.
"And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 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, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge - that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God." (Ephesians 3:17-19)
God's love for us is a foundational truth for us. It's what motivated God to send His Son to die for us to make a way for us to come back into relationship with Him.
As I read this, the words "being rooted and established in love" jumped out at me. They speak of the importance of what our life is built upon. Paul was praying that the lives of the members of the church at Ephesus would be built upon God's incredible love for them.
Rooted and established speaks of more than just a head knowledge of it. They speak of something that goes down deep in our hearts - of something that life itself comes from. Everything in our lives needs to come from God's love for us.
God's love for us is something that we can only begin to grasp. We will never be able to fully comprehend it while we live on this earth. It is wider, longer, higher, deeper than we can comprehend in our limited human minds and hearts. As we get to know God more, we experience His love for us.
We also learn to grasp God's love for us more as we live in community with other believers. As we grow those friendships with one another we see glimpses of how much God loves us.
This post is part 4 of a series from Ephesians 3. You can read previous posts here: Part 1, Part 2, & Part 3.