Week 6. Thursday: The Fullness of God’s Love
PRAY: Ask God to speak to you from His Word.
READ: Ephesians 3:18-19
18 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, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
UNDERSTAND: get a deeper understanding of the key words
Power (Greek: exischyō): to have full strength, to be eminently able
Grasp (Greek: katalambanō): to lay hold of, to take possession of
Wide (Greek: platos): breadth, great extent
Long (Greek: mēkos): far reaching, goes beyond, never-ending
The length of Christ’s love goes from eternity past to eternity future.
Refers back to Ephesians 1:4-6, 13-14.
High (Greek: hypsos): exalted to the highest rank
Deep (Greek: bathos): referring to extreme depth
Filled to the Measure (Greek: plēroō): to cause to abound, to make complete
Fullness of God (Greek: plērōma theos): fullness of God’s character
APPLY: What is this passage calling me to do?
Paul prays that the Ephesians would be able to grasp the love of Christ. Even though the love of Christ surpasses our understanding, we can still ask God to reveal it to us. Paul says that in grasping Christ’s love we will be filled with all the fullness of God. This means we should be filled with God’s character so much that it is displayed to others.
In what ways does your life display the character of God?
PRAY: Ask God to help you understand His character so you can be more like Him.