The Limits of Love

“I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.” Ephesians 3:16-19

This month we’ll be talking about love; not to worry, not every sentence or post will be about romantic love.  There’s a lot more to love than just romance. Today I wanted to start off our thinking about love by literally blowing away the limits on how we see love.

Love is a lot bigger, better and more powerful than we usually give it credit for.  We underestimate the power of love to heal, transform, connect and empower.  We are so focused in the culture on broken hearts, destroyed marriages and abuse that we have let go of the empowering aspects of love.

We may never truly understand how big or powerful love is, but we get glimpses throughout the Bible and even in modern day doings of God.  Out of love he parts seas, walks on water, raises people from the grave, and heals conditions we can’t yet understand.

As Ephesians 3 points out, this kind of love takes some serious trust.  If we don’t have trust we can’t love to the full extent that love is capable of.  If we’re able to tap into even a little bit of that love and trust that God teaches and lavishes on us, our relationships would completely transform.  This kind of love doesn’t give up, it always forgives, it is always willing to learn, it’s open to change, and most of all, your life isn’t complete until you have it.

Yes, your life will remain unfulfilled until you start loving.  I don’t know about you but that sounds like a small price to pay for finally filling that empty space we feel deep inside that nothing else seems to fill.

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