Rooted and Grounded in Love-

Jun 10, 2024 | God's Love

17 So that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith
— that you, being rooted and grounded in love,
18 may have strength to comprehend with all the saints
what is the breadth and length and height and depth,,
19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge,
that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
Ephesians 3:17-19

 

After a busy weekend away celebrating our 39th anniversary, I found it very fitting to focus in on Ephesians 3 verses 17 to 19 today.

I am so thankful to be rooted and grounded by God’s grace in His love. Without God’s love in my heart I couldn’t love my spouse well and neither could he love me well. We would be selfish, not selfless, and though we are not nearly perfect and often still act selfishly, we know God wants us to be selfless. Therefore, that has become our goal in marriage to be less selfish and more selfless. We aim to love each other with the love He has put in our hearts by His grace alone.

So what does the term “selfless” mean to you in 2024?

According to the Collins Dictionary, the term “selfless” means “the quality of caring more about what other people need and want than about what you yourself need and want:

. I am touched by the bravery and selflessness of our emergency services personnel.

. He was a man with the heart of a lion and a soul filled with compassion and selflessness.

Selflessness is the difference between being “altruistic” and “egoistic.” The first is a synonym and the second term an antonym.

So which one are you more often?

I obviously need to ask the same question of myself.

When Christ dwells in our hearts and we don’t operate in the flesh (our selfish desires or passions) we can love others genuinely with God’s love. He gives us inner strength to do so. The Holy Spirit also fills our hearts with a love that wouldn’t be there for the other person if not for God’s Spirit within our hearts. Oh, how we need that grace and strength and love within our hearts! We are poor wretched, selfish sinners if not operating in the Holy Spirit!

Matthew Henry says it like this… “Where His spirit dwells, there he swells….” Don’t you experience that when God fills your heart with His spirit? It feels like your heart is about ready to explode with the love He pours into it. And if only the entire world had faith to live the way Christ intends, meaning in love, giving grace upon grace upon grace.

When God grounds us in His love, we can sincerely love others, even those difficult to love, which we all are. We can even love our enemies if we but ask God to put His love in our hearts for others. But often we don’t ask for those kinds of spiritual riches. Instead, we often focus on our wants rather that our needs.

That is enough for one Monday morning.

Let us ask God to fill our hearts with His love for the week ahead so that we can love others as He has loved us. Christ died for us. He gave selflessly. Let us do so as well, remembering to ask for His love and grace to do so.

Your Sister In Christ’s Love-

Liz

 

 

 

 

 

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