Wednesday, June 6, 2012
The root of Godly power
"And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 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, 19 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
Paul links power with understanding God's love. It is the power to root down like a tree; the power to stand tall and strong, confident before all others; the power to see beyond pain and painful places to understand the unfathomable love of God that allows us freedom to cause each other pain. He knows that without that freedom, we could not freely love each other. It is the power to continue to overflow His love on others even when they spit on us. It's the power to change diapers on a cruel parent in their old age. It's the power to speak kindly and truthfully to your boss and friends, regardless of the outcome. It's the power to love your husband, even if he never comes back.
The Christian life can't be lived without that power. We can look moral but we will just come off as fake and religious. When it really gets into us--beyond just knowledge, but into the core of our being--we begin to act in His unmistakable love, and that will make all the difference.