“…so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith – that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge…” Ephesians 3:17-1 9
Since we are in the season of kids going back to school, the word knowledge stuck out to me in this passage. However, knowledge did not hold my attention for long because I quickly was drawn back to the “rooted and grounded in love” part. And it takes faith in the One who is love Himself to even begin to wrap our minds around real love. There is a difference you know, but I will let you and the Lord sort that one out.
What difference does it make in our lives if we are anchored and steadied by love? Have you ever met a well-loved person? They seem to shine a bit brighter don’t they? How do you think they got this way? I can give you a hint and it is one that I think I have said over and over. Here it is, “We love Him because He loved us first.” (1 John 4:19).
So I ask you the same question I ask myself, are you living loved? If the answer is no, we need to check our root system. For if we are rooted in Christ, we are grounded and discerning, even when it does not make sense. Let the political arrows fly, let the Covid fear rage, but we will remain steady and compassionate. Our speech will reveal our roots. And one more thing, be on the lookout for those who need a reminder of love because sometimes we all forget.
*This picture is of the bracelet we each wear in our family that reminds us He Would Love First (H.W.L.F.).