Tuesday, June 11, 2013

The Only Way To Experience Love

It is a beautiful passage in the Bible, "so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith - that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God." (Eph.3:17-19)

It is a prayer for God's people, a prayer that God will increase their capacity to experience and comprehend that which cannot be comprehended apart from God's divine revelation - the limitlessness of God's love.  Paul, praying that God will expand the hearts of God's people by His own character so that they might not just know about Him intellectually, but so that they might know Him experientially.

So, if you have ever felt like you did not have enough to face the day, this prayer is for you. If you ever felt that you were not enough to face the challenge, then this prayer is for you.  Especially if you ever came to realize that you did not have the love to love as God loves, this prayer is for you.

It is a prayer for experience, for something real in our hearts, not just in our minds. God wants us to know His love by experiencing His love.  Listen closely.  God's love is not so much what God feels as what God does.  It is action rather than condition.  If it were not, you would not know love or life.  Since it is action, you can know both. 

The answer to this prayer, then, is not simply a change in your condition, but a change in your action. To experience the limitlessness of God's love, you must act. You must love limitlessly.  Identify the borders of your love. Who do you not wish to love? How do you not wish to love? Where do you not wish to love?  The only legitimate, life-giving borders to love are those established by God.  So, if your borders are not His, it is time for you to cross the borders and begin to experience the width, length, height and depth of God's love. Remain behind your borders, and the prayer will not be answered in you. Remain behind your limitations, and you will not be filled with all the fullness of God.  Trust in the power of God to enlarge your heart, and you will find that life is huge, its opportunities limitless.  Trust in the power of God to enlarge your heart by stepping across your love borders, and you will begin to experience a depth of God that you have only dreamed of.

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