Yes, Jesus Loves Me
For many of us, that was one of the first church songs we ever learned. I don’t know if it’s because we learned it at a young age, or that it’s never really communicated to us – but I fear that we all take the Love of Christ too lightly. Myself included.
They called on God for power to comprehend the love of Christ.
I bow my knees before the Father . . . that you may have power to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge (Ephesians 3:14,18).
I don’t think most of us really grasp just how inexplicable His love is. We talk about it all the time, but do we really understand it? Yes, Jesus does love us – but do we really get how much? That’s why I think Paul is praying this prayer for the church at Ephesus.
The Love of Christ is not something we can understand on our own or through our own intellect. To gain a more complete understanding of Love, we need the power of the Holy spirit to aid us in our comprehension. And even then, this love is still un-understandable. Can we ever truly grasp the width and length of His love? Can we ever fully understand the height and depth? As wide as we can imagine, there is still more beyond our imagination. As long, high and deep as we can push ourselves to think, there is still so much more.
We’ve been over it a bunch of times, but it’s always worth repeating. He left His throne and kingly crown when He came to earth for us. He was the creator of the universe, and he became as one of his created ones, and walked among them. He taught us how to live, in a hands-on way. He challenged our religiosity that we often use to replace loving him and taught us what real love is – laying down our lives. Then he bore the weight of our sins and endured the full wrath of God on the cross. And still, there is so much more than I can write here to shows just how much He loves us.
If we get even a taste of this love, we would give nothing less than absolute surrender in return. If we truly love, we too will lay down our lives for Him. But, do we ever do that? Do we ever even come close? This love isn’t a teddy bear kind of love. And it deserves more than a teddy bear hug in response. We must come before God and beg repentance for taking the love of Christ too lightly. We must lay ourselves down in complete surrender to whatever God might have for us. If we’re not willing to do this small thing in return for the love He has shown, then we don’t really understand His love.
The Three for Morning, Afternoon and Evening.
“Now for Next” Prayer
What do we need to do now as a church to be ready for what God has for us next.
“What’s My Role” Prayer
Pray for God to show us the role we will play individually in accomplishing that mission.
For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.