Week 6: A Life-Long Pursuit to Know the Unknowable Love of God – Ephesians 3:14-21
Encouragement from Karen:
“…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 (v. 17b-19a)
Is there something in your life right now that feels impossible? Maybe it is having a clean house or every piece of laundry clean at the same time. What about finding a meal everyone can get excited about around the dinner table? Maybe it is having your inbox completely cleaned out. These things can loom, large, but in reality, they are not eternal. What if you and I committed ourselves to a life-long pursuit of something impossible but also eternal? To give your life to seeking to know the unknowable love of God for you and the world. How would this pursuit transform us over a lifetime?
As we are rooted in His love, our lives would be more secure and stable. Our hearts would be nourished and enabled to grow in unconditional love for others. If we were grounded in His love, we would be able to withstand the trials and tribulations of life without being moved. When love is deep and foundational in our daily walk, we will begin to see the fruit of Spirit which begins with love manifested in our lives. But if you are anything like me, that sounds a bit elusive. How can I experientially know this agape or unconditional love? Grasping the love of Christ never happens in isolation. Comprehension begins in community as we hinge to one another. As we are vitally connected to Christ’s love, we are empowered to live and love covenantally with all the saints. Each beloved family member shows us another dimension of the unknowable love of Christ. As they forgive, endure, serve, and pray, we catch glimpses of belonging.
Over our lives, this pursuit will take us wider, longer, higher, and deeper than we have ever been. The Spirit enables us to live and love supernaturally in four directions. As we go wide, our hearts expand to love the whole world like God because one day, we will spend eternity with every tongue, tribe, and nation. As we go long, we are compelled to keep short accounts and be the chief repenter because His love stretches from eternity past to eternity future. On days when it is tough to love others in a fallen world, our minds and hearts are cast high toward the heavenlies remembering no matter what happens, we are seated with our Father. When we sin and hide in shame, we are comforted God’s deep love descended from heaven to redeem us. And on all the in-between days, we can be confident “neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39).
You are dearly loved!
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Memory Verse: “…that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being…” – Ephesians 3:16
[See below for downloadable memory verse]
- Go back and look at Ephesians 3:14-21. Which verse did God hinge to your heart this week?
- How does your misunderstanding of God’s love for you impact your relationship with Him? With others?
- What would happen if you were “filled with all the fullness of God?”
- Where do you feel weak today?
- What experiences of God’s abundant power have you seen in times of weakness, in your life, or the lives of others?
Hinge Points: Consider each Hinged Point and how you can seek this week to…
Thinking Biblically: Hinge to Christ (vertically)—What is one thing you learned this week about being more hinged or vitally connected to Christ?
Living Covenantally: Hinge to His Church (horizontally)—How can you take what you have learned this week and live it out in the context of community?
Hinged to Heaven: Prayer Requests – See form below if you would like to confidentially share a prayer request with our Hinged Prayer Team.
Read: Prayers of the Bible by SusanHunt
Listen: enCourage Podcast with Barbara Thompson – Equiping the Church for Kingdom Prayer