Today: This love that surpasses knowledge!
Passage: Eph 3
And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the saints, 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. (Eph 3, NIV 84)-emphasis added
The true knowledge of God will fill us with the love of God
Speaking truth without love does not convey the message of Christ. Jesus loved us and He became the wisdom of God for us. Knowledge is theoretical but it is through love that we practice our knowledge of Christ
Faith and hope go along with it, but Love is the basis of all that is Christian
God is Love, just as God is Spirit
The major reason why Church is not effective today is not because it doesn’t have faith or hope, not because it doesn’t have great preaching, but because it has lost true love. When Church focuses only on getting bigger, it ceases to get any better
We simply need a bigger Church or a better one? We need to answer that first
People don’t feel “at home” in many Churches. They come there, sing some songs, watch what’s going on, and go home. Many a time, they don’t even find real love or fellowship
More than miracles or high-tech messages, people are looking for real, sincere love, which is selfless and meaningful
The message of Christ has healed so many people from sin and grief. So many have found meaning for their life and existence, in Christ
If our messages are just a demonstration of our knowledge and skills, they don’t get into anyone’s heart. Jesus had great compassion on the people, which came from His heart. The language of love speaks better than the language of knowledge
Paul encourages the Ephesians to be rooted and established in love, not in knowledge. He compares the Christian to a tree that is deep rooted, and to a building with strong foundations-in the strong soil of the love of Christ
May be we need to take a turn and come back
Instead of competing for better Church buildings and better Pastor(s), we need to know Christ more personally
I see many Churches looking for Pastors, with various qualifications listed. But, if people in the Church can get together in love and prayer in small groups or whatever, then God will open the eyes to see things better.
When Church gets right with God, God will get right with the Church.
The 120 disciples became “one” in those ten days after Jesus ascended to heaven. When their love and unity was full, God came upon them, and dwelt
God bless your day and fill you with His love, which is what we need more than anything else
Prayer: Lord Jesus, I need a baptism, a filling of your love, more than anything else. More than miracles and wonders, I want to see the miracle of love in myself, my family, my Church and in my work. Thank you Jesus for your love, which is the most needed thing in the world today. Help us to give it out to others. Amen