We cannot give away what we don’t have. We cannot love until we truly receive love. God’s love is the one and only true love. It is the most authentic love there is. When most people think of love, they think of human love, which is conditional and limited at its best. When we love with human love, we love others with caution and often there are strings attached. God’s love is sacrificial and redemptive. We cannot love the way God loves on our own. Only God can empower us to love as He has loved us.
“May Christ through your faith [actually] dwell (settle down, abide, make His permanent home) in your hearts! May you be rooted deep in love and founded securely on love, That you may have the power and be strong to apprehend and grasp with all the saints (God’s devoted people, the experience of that love) what is the breadth and length and height and depth [of it];” (Ephesians 3:17-18, AMP).
Paul prayed that the Ephesians (along with all saints) would understand and experience God’s love on a deeper level (Ephesians 3:14-19). We can all know God intimately, and experience His love in a personal, unique way. When we become aware of the breadth, length, height, and depth of God’s love, we become unstoppable. The enemy knows the victorious power of God’s love; therefore, he wants us to remain in past hurts—wounded, offended, hurt, afraid, and full of bitterness.
God wants us to love freely as He has freely loved us. Jesus was moved with compassion, and His compassion motivated Him to heal the sick, raise the dead, and deliver people from all types of bondage and shortcomings. To love others freely, we have to receive God’s love, and allow Him to teach us how to love. For instance, He gives us the grace to love others without fear or conditions. Human love is fearful and cautious, but God’s love is fearless and extravagant. It drives out fear (Ephesians 5:1-2). With His love, we can love others without charging them for our love. In other words, we can love others without having strings attached.
The Holy Spirit helps us make wise decisions concerning our relationships. We need to take the time to allow Him to guide us. When we spend time, engaged in God’s presence, we are transformed from the inside out. People see and experience the change in us. When we embrace God’s love, there is a noticeable difference in our behavior. People see that we are more loving and kind, rather than harsh and negative.
Scriptures to Study
- Ephesians 3:14-19
- Ephesians 5:1-2