“ … 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 ….”
Recently, out of His great love for me, God has begun to show me that I have spent my entire adult life building walls. Walls around my self, to protect and fortify my heart, walls of safety that I felt were a necessity. I have lived so long with these walls in place that they have become a part of me; I could no longer see nor realize they were there. God has unveiled my eyes to see the truth, that these walls are built by bricks of lies, fear and insecurity. He is showing me that the walls built by lies cannot withstand the truth of His love.
In our verse for today, Paul writes that he wants the Ephesians to “grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ.”
I thought I did. I thought I had a good, solid grasp on the magnitude of God’s great love for me. But while I know the words to be true, and while I believe them with all my heart, I know that I have not been walking freely in the fullness of God’s love for me.
God, in His goodness and mercy, is showing me that even were I to spend the remainder of my days building with all my might, I would never be able to construct walls to withstand the power and ferocity of His great love for me.
In Romans 8:35 Paul writes that “nothing shall separate us from the love of Christ.” Nothing.
He goes on in verses 38-39 to declare: “neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Not any thing in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God. Nothing.
Not even walls of self preservation that we may have spent over half our lives constructing.
God’s love is so wide. We cannot go around it.
His love is so long. We cannot escape it.
His love is so high we can never build walls high enough to keep His love out.
And His love is so deep that as much as we may try to burrow into our cave of self protection; the deeper we try to hide our selves away, we will always only ever find more of His great love for us.
In Psalm 139 David writes that we are “fearfully and wonderfully made.” He also proclaims that there is no where we can go from God’s Spirit, no where we can flee from His presence.
8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
10 even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.
God’s love for us is so wide, so long, so high, so deep; there is NOTHING that will ever separate us from His great love. We simply cannot escape His love.
I thank You that in Your Word You promise to shine the light of your love brightly in my heart, to expose all of my dark places, all of my hurts, and all of my pains, to Your healing love. I thank You that You take my brokenness and You make me whole. I thank you that wherever I may be, from the heavens to the depths, from the wings of the dawn to the far side of the sea, You see me. You know me. And you love me. I can never escape your love.
I pray for my self and for all Your children reading these words that we will live as people free and confident as we walk in Your love for us. I pray that we will be strengthened with power through Your Spirit in our very souls, to the very core of who You have created us to be so that Christ will dwell in our hearts through our faith in Him. I pray that we will know that our roots run deep in Your love, that we will know that we are established not in our own selves, but in Your love and that we will not only know, but that we will live and walk in the width and length and height and depth of Your great love. I pray that we will truly know Your love, a love that surpasses knowledge. And I pray that we will be filled to the measure of the fullness of You God.
God, I thank you that You promise that it is Your power at work within us and that You will do immeasurably more than we could ever ask or imagine. I thank You Father God that we can stand firm on Your Word, that what You promise, You are faithful to fulfill.
In Jesus’ holy and precious name,
(from Ephesians 3, Psalm 139, and 1 Thessalonians 5:24)
This post is part of The Loved Bible Project’s Identity n Christ challenge. You can find out more here:
And to read more of what God has been speaking to my heart you can read about my #SheSpeaks16 experience here: