TUESDAY, AUGUST 21
Scripture: Ephesians 3:18,19
Paul prays that we will know the five layers of God’s love. There is 1) width, 2) length, 3) depth, 4) height and 5) the love of Christ which passes knowledge. The interesting thing about these two verses is that Paul equates the fullness of God with the five layers of God’s love. As a matter of fact, that is his definition. Paul defines the fullness of God as us operational in five layers of God’s love. Can we say that we see the fullness of God? Can we say we are operational in all five layers of love? When we love the way God loves there are five love expressions. The fullness of Christ implies spiritual maturity where we are equally confident sharing Jesus as Savior as praying a violent sexual offender into eternity by striking with the rod of iron! When it is time to love the enemy we must ask God to give us a number, Layer One through Five, so we know how to respond. Spiritual maturity is responding the way Jesus would from turning the other cheek to praying an Ananias and Sapphira event! Paul prayed for us to catch this understanding! How incredible that this truth of the layers of God’s love is woven into one of the most central and pivotal of Paul’s prayer passages in the whole New Testament. Is this truth important? You bet it is!!