Something in our society is broken. We’ve run off the rails.
Depression and other emotional illnesses have skyrocketed.
Personal and family therapy is a new growth industry.
We have more affluence than any society in history yet more people are chronically unhappy.
Why? I certainly don’t know all the answers but one seems glaring.
All of us are wired up to need love. Babies come out of the womb needing to be cuddled. The elderly crave a touch of affection.
Yet, we live in a society that increasingly focuses only on self. “What’s in it for me?”
So often relationships are manipulated to that end. And they end in disaster leaving people broken.
Paul shows a different way though when he writes, “And to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” (Ephesians 3:19 NIV)
This passage builds on the previous one which encourages us to focus on the love God has for us. And that we can never be separated from it.
And when we do two things happen which resets our lives.
First, we begin to “know” God’s love. Not just have intellectual knowledge about it. But truly feel it in our soul.
And that begins to heal and fill us.
How can I prove this? The only way anyone can prove love. Simply by saying I’ve experienced it. We can be loved in a way that we just cannot imagine until we’ve experienced it. A love only God could give.
Second, we’ll be filled with a love for others we couldn’t create on our own. A love we can’t understand because it makes no sense. A love that gives without expecting anything in return. A love only God could create in us because only God unconditionally loves.
I encourage you to go back and reread this verse. Look at each word. Think about them.
Absorb the promise of a life filled with supernatural love both received and given.
Imagine love from all the right places.
When have you experienced that love of God?