What does it really mean to be filled with Christ’s love? To answer this question, we can look to Ephesians 3:14-21 (NABRE) as a starting place.
For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that he may grant you in accord with the riches of his glory to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in the inner self, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the holy ones what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
Now to him who is able to accomplish far more than all we ask or imagine, by the power at work within us, to him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
Notice that God is able to accomplish far more than we all ask or imagine, but not just that; he is able to accomplish it through the power at work within us, which is so important. We must learn, as believers, to allow the power of God to work within us so that He can accomplish through us what He sets out to do in the world.
This passage provides some powerful guidelines on allowing the work of God to start within us. Namely, we have to receive the all-encompassing and eternal love of our Father in heaven.
This passage tells us we can receive this love by taking the following steps:
1. We have to allow ourselves to be filled with the love of God. This fullness of love can replace any emptiness and brokenness which our sins or the sins of others have brought into our lives. We no longer need to live in shame and despair, but we can be complete and whole in the love of God. As Romans 8:15 tells us, we are not longer slaves to fear because we have been adopted as completely loved children of God.
2. When we receive the love of Christ, we also receive the Holy Spirit. This passage from Ephesians tells us that the Holy Spirit will strengthen us and allow us to have the faith that makes us understand this immeasurable love of God.
3. When we have faith and receive this love, we become rooted and grounded in the love of God. That means we have a firm and secure base on which to build our lives. Even if our life on earth has been marked by familial or emotional instability, this love can replace all of our insecurities and give us a firm foundation from our inmost selves. We have to be changed and filled from the inner self by allowing ourselves to receive this love.
See more on the love God in the next post.