“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 Lord’s holy people, 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.” – Ephesians 3:14-19
Thank God that the Holy Spirit dwells within us with the fullness of His love so that we are not left with our limitations.
As we think on God’s love, forgiveness, compassion, and grace we know that there is no way to measure or contain His capacity in these things. Every attribute that God has is eternal and cannot be contained or measured.
UNLIKE HUMAN LOVE
His love has no beginning and no end; it is eternal in every way. His love was upon us before we were formed and will extend to us throughout eternity. Human love most often depends upon the actions of another, but God’s love has no dependency or expectation upon another. He is not capable of withholding love or wavering in His love toward us. Even in the midst of our sin and constant “wavering” affections, His love is immeasurable and unmovable.
The same is true with every attribute of God. His forgiveness is eternal in every sense of the word. His grace, mercy, wisdom, power, righteousness, justice and goodness are absolutely measureless and cannot be contained within time or space. Often we misunderstand God’s ways with us as being measurable by believing that He is withholding from us (healing, provision, blessings, etc.). Our understanding is limited to our experience or our ability to imagine God’s ways, but still everything we know or imagine is contained within the limits of our humanity. We are not able to comprehend that which is not comprehensible.
As humans, we live within the boundaries of time and space;
God is the only immeasurable thing we know. So how do we do what Ephesians 3:14-19 says?
How do we grasp how long, wide, high, or deep is the love of God if it is immeasurable and uncontainable?
We can only grasp it by understanding verse 19: “to know this love that surpasses knowledge…” We must grasp the truth that HIS LOVE for us will always SURPASS our knowledge and our limited understanding.
ALBERT FINCH MINISTRY