It is interesting that when God chose to describe himself in a summary statement He chose these words: “God is love.” (1 John 4:16). He could have emphasized anything He wanted to, but He said, “I am love.”

This week I saw a scripture in a new light.  Have you ever done that?  It is amazing how deep and vastly wise the word of God is.  It was this scripture:

Ephesians 3:19

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.  (NLT)

I realized as I read it, that the key to the best life on this earth for me and others who come in contact with me, is to understand more fully the love of God.  If Christ is love (and He is) and His love cannot be fully understood (and it is so great that it cannot be), then I am continually discovering how much greater His love is than I have ever previously known.  This scripture says that the more I come to understand His love, the more I will be made complete and experience the fullness of life that He brings and the power that He gives.  Knowing how He loves me helps me to love others better.  It makes me relax and enjoy His awesome qualities. It keeps me from striving and being insecure.  It gives me confidence that He cares and is currently doing and going to do great things in me and through me.  And when I understand this I look at others differently.  I have more grace toward them because Christ has given me grace. I understand that where they are is not where they will end up. As he is currently doing a work in me and I am getting better, I get it for others as well, they are becoming!  The more you and I realize how much He loves us, the happier we will be and the greater our impact will be on others because we too will lead with that love.

I am currently on a quest. That quest is to understand more each day the love of God for me and the love of God for others! This will lead to greater peace and joy in my heart, and, as the scripture said, it will lead me to the “fullness of life and power that comes from God.” The result will be my experiencing the best life possible on this earth and the life God intended for all His children.

Jesus said in John 10:10: “I came to give life – life in all its fullness.” (NCV)

I want to know this fullness and it comes from a greater understanding of His love!

Grace and Truth,

Pastor Stan