UNDERSTANDING the ‘DIMENSIONS’ of GOD’s LOVE: "For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height-- to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God." (Eph 3:14-19)
In the above passage, Apostle Paul is praying to God that we may be able to understand and appreciate God’s love for us (v. 17). God loved us so much that He delivered His only begotten Son Jesus Christ for us (Rom. 8:32). The only permanent solution to the problem of sins that surface in our lives is to replace them with the love of God. The more we are filled with God’s love, the less there is room for anything else in our lives.
The way that we can be rooted and grounded in God’s love is through Jesus Christ who dwells in our hearts through faith, by which we are filled with the fullness of God (v. 19). At the same time, we should be able to comprehend the width, length, depth and height of God’s love:
- Width of God’s love: Encompasses the entire world (John 3:16)
- Length of God’s love: Forever, through all generations (1 Cor. 13:8; Eph. 3:21)
- Depth of God’s love: Even down to the cross at Calvary (Phil. 2:8)
- Height of God’s love: Even up to heaven, our final destination (1 John 3:1-2)
The width of God’s love (2:11-18) refers to the wideness of God’s grace in saving Jews and Gentiles, and then incorporating them into the church. The length of God’s love (1:4) extends from eternity past to eternity future. We were chosen in Christ before the foundation of the world (1:4). As to the depth of God’s love, we were sunk in a pit of unspeakable sin (2:1-3) and degradation from where Christ picked us up and gave us a new lease of life (Psalms 40:1-3). The height of God’s love can be seen from the fact that we have not only been raised up with Christ, but also enthroned in Him in heaven to share His glory forever (2:6).
Thus, Apostle Paul desired that we would apprehend the love of Christ, even though a fuller comprehension of that love is impossible because it is beyond our wildest imagination. Instead, let us appreciate Christ’s love by loving other people genuinely even as He has loved us!
"This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. You are My friends if you do whatever I command you." (John 15: 12-14)