Day 95: Boxing Day – Ephesians 3:17-19, by Chris Clarke

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Christmas can give us a good indicator as to ‘how much’ we are loved by family, friends and work colleagues.  Cards, presents, phone calls, hugs and kisses help to gauge the level of our human love tanks.  But God has so much more than that for us. Presents, turkey and family events aside, Christmas reminds us of the incredible love of our Saviour. Today’s scripture reminds us that Christ’s love for us is far greater than our human minds can comprehend. Our minds will only ever put God’s love in a box. The only way to grasp the enormity of this love is with additional power; the Holy Spirit’s power. And we still won’t be able to grasp it fully because Christ’s love ‘surpasses knowledge’.

So how can we possibly grasp its width, length and height? That’s where the Holy Spirit’s presence within us takes over. Romans 8:16 says, “The Spirit himself testifies with our Spirit that we are God’s children.” Only when our Spirit connects with God’s Spirit do we begin to comprehend the immense love that Christ has for us. This then enables us to be “filled to the measure of all the fullness of God”, to live above circumstances, to live joyful, hopeful, passionate, soul-winning lives.

“And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 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, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.”

Ephesians 3:17-19


GOING DEEPER:

Today as you allow the turkey to settle, and as you relax and unwind after the craziness of pre-Christmas, ask yourself these questions:

  • Do I limit the effect of Christ’s love in my life by trying to grasp it with my human thinking?
  • What difference would my life show, if I had the ‘power’ to grasp the incredible love of Christ?

 

PRAYER:

Lord pour Your Spirit into my life so that I may have the power to grasp the immense love You have for me. Fill me to overflowing with Your love so that the Good News of Christmas may echo in every encounter I have today and for every tomorrow. Amen


Chris Clarke is a Corps Officer at The Salvation Army Marion. Chris is married to Cherie and they are blessed with 4 children.

3 Comments
  • David Woodbury
    Posted at 10:46h, 26 December Reply

    In Romans 8:16 Paul is endeavouring to help us understand the fully embracing concept of truly being a child of God, and the emphasis here is on a loving and secure relationship. When we receive the spirit of God within our being we enter into a secure, loving relationship with God, a relationship so intimate and precious that it enables us to relate to God as daddy.

    Paul declares that in this family we are joint heirs with Christ. That which Jesus inherits, we also inherit. “It was Paul’s picture that when a man became a Christian he entered into the very family of God. He did nothing to deserve it; God, the great Father, in his amazing love and mercy, has taken the lost, helpless, poverty-stricken, debt-laden sinner and adopted him into his own family, so that the debts are cancelled and the glory inherited.” (William Barclay – The Daily Bible Study, Romans, page 107.)

  • Kevin Holland (Major)
    Posted at 22:25h, 26 December Reply

    One Hundred Days of Shared Scripture

    DAY 095: Boxing Day — Ephesians 3:17-19

    God’s mystery was wrapped in the person of Christ.

    Ever since his first appearance, the revelation has been unwrapped, layer by layer.

    The signs pointing to him unveiled the nature of the mystery.
    Glory,
    Compassion,
    God in Christ,
    Provision,
    Supremacy over nature and time,
    The Light of the world, and
    Resurrection power, point to one thing:

    That which was previously hidden is now revealed in Christ and we, God’s people are to unwrap it for the benefit of the visible world while declaring it to the unseen world.

    The mystery?

    Love!

    Its height, depth, width and breadth cannot be measured.
    Its power cannot be matched.
    Its reach is unlimited; to the individual; to the crowd; to the world.

    The more we unwrap it, the more it wraps us in itself.
    The more we share it, the more it comes back to us.
    The more we consume it, the more it consumes us.
    The deeper we sink into it, the deeper it sinks into us.

    We can’t outdo it and we can’t undo it.

    This is the mystery of God in Christ filling us with all his fulness;
    Giving us all the power we need;
    All the faith we need;
    All the knowledge we need and
    All the fulness of God.

    Glory to you O Lord.

  • Harry Oxford
    Posted at 23:30h, 26 December Reply

    Wonderful readings!

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