Verse of the Day

Today's Verse

And I pray that you and all God’s holy people will have the power to understand the greatness of Christ’s love—how wide, how long, how high, and how deep that love is.

Ephesians 3:18 ERV

Devotion

In Ephesians Chapter 3 Paul is praying for Christians to be spiritually strengthened through the Holy Spirit so that Christ may dwell in our hearts through faith in ways beyond our own doing. It is the knowing of God’s love in a divine relationship. A love that passes human knowledge and understanding. Paul describes this love of God as being beyond any measurements of width, length, height, and depth. It is a love that transcends Jew, gentile, and all of mankind.

To know this love of God one must be rooted and grounded in God’s love (v. 17). It is our love relationship with God that is established and filled with His love and is a living testimony of our lives. It is our lives that manifest joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23). To know the love of God and to live in the richness and fullness of this love, we look no further than the Cross at Calvary. Romans 5:8 declares that “Christ died for us while we were still sinners, and by this God showed how much he loves us.” As our hearts worship in song, “Nail pierced hands, a wounded side, this is love. The holy heart was sacrificed, this is love. The Son of God died for us, this is love. He walked the hill, He bore the cross, this is love.”

The only way I can truly know and truly understand God’s love for me is to see the Cross of Calvary. There, one can see the width of God’s love with the outstretched hands of Jesus. The Cross shows us the length of His suffering which was even before the foundations of the world (Revelation 13:8). The depth of our God’s love is seen and heard in our Lord’s cry from the Cross: “My God! My God! Why have you forsaken me?” And the height of God’s love is forever seen when Jesus prayed from the Cross: “Father forgive them, they know not what they do,” and our Lord’s final words from the Cross: Tetelestai — “It is finished.” The debt paid, love complete.

Do not forsake the importance and impact of the Cross on your faith, beloved of God. It is the Cross where we are rooted and grounded in God’s love for us; we can know that which cannot be humanly understood and be filled with the fulness of God. Our hearts again rejoice in worship as we sing, “Amazing love, how can it be? That you my King would die for me! Amazing love, I know it’s true. It’s my joy to honor you. In all I do, I honor you.”

Pastor David Massie, Bible League International staff, California, U.S.