“That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all saints, what is the the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God” (Ephesians 3:17-19).
“But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love” (Ephesians 4:15-16)
“Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children: And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us …” (Ephesians 5:1-2).
While all of Paul’s writings were deep-no one would ever accuse Paul of being a “shallow Christian” that’s for sure-his letter to the church at Ephesus was definitely one of, if not the deepest of his letters. It’s interesting to note that in this letter the topic of love is dealt with often. On at least 14 occassions [1:4; 1:15; 2:4; 3:17; 3:19; 4:2; 4:15; 4:16; 5:2; 5:25; 5:28; 5:33; 6:23; 6:24] in Paul’s letter to the church at Ephesus we find the word “love.” Apparently Paul felt like the matter of “love” was a “deep subject.” Of course, he did. All one has to do is read 1 Corinthians 13 and see that Paul understood something that we occasionally forget, “love matters.”
In other words, having a good grasp of what the scriptures teach about God’s love for us, our love for God, our love for our family, our love for our church family, and our love for those outside of our church family – including our enemies – is getting about as deep as it needs to get!
It’s true, LOVE MATTERS!
O Lord, help us to understand clearly how much You love us, and help us to love You and others with all of our hearts and with every fiber of our being!