Sunday, July 10, 2016
God's perfect love unites
Some things I think we need to embrace from Paul's prayer for the believers at Ephesus:
May love be the rich soil where their lives take root - God's love comes into the corners and recesses of our minds, hearts, and souls - in turn, it is this love which becomes the "rich soil" where the love which respects all life begins to take root. Remember this - in human terms, love is imperfect. It is a little too demanding and a little bit self-seeking. We are all imperfect beings, struggling to make sense of a world filled with things contrary to God's love. We live in a "fallen world" - one in which evil exists. The counter-attack of God's love is that which sends evil running. It is the "seed" which needs to be nurtured more than anything else today.
2. May it be the bedrock where their lives are founded - love becomes a bedrock upon which we unite and are able to stand strong. In response to evil's vile and viscous attacks, love has the ability to win out each and every time. God's people possess the power to disarm powers and principalities, in the air and on this earth - all because the love of God indwells, empowers, and unites them in own common action - to reveal the hope which is God and God himself.
3. The love of the Anointed is infinitely long, wide, high, and deep, surpassing everything anyone previously experienced - man's love is marginally short, conditionally limited, and imperfectly exhibited. God's love is unconditional, surpassing all expiration, and perfect in all ways. We must desire this love above all other - so that we can be united in peace, living in harmony with each other, and growing strong in the perfect love which settles troubled souls. We cannot experience this through any other source - for it is unique to God himself and is only present where God is present! Let us not forget the power of love is revealed in grace and mercy. Just sayin!