“And to know this Love that surpasses knowledge–that you may be filled to the measure of all the FULLNESS of God.”
For faith is The substance of things not held – yet, not seen – momentarily,
Before we were born, God knew us.
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”
“Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.”
“For You formed my inward parts; You knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are Your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from You, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the Earth. Your Eyes saw my unformed substance; in Your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.”
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“Rooted and built up in Him, and stablished in the Faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.”
“That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in Love.”
What are we grounded in?
What is Love?
Time to break it down!
Dear friends, let us love/Love one another, for Love comes from God. Everyone who Loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not Love does not know God, because God IS Love, Amen.
This is how God showed His Love among us: He sent His one and ONLY Son into the world that we might live through Him.
This is Love: not that we loved/Loved God, but that He Loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
Dear friends, since God so Loved us, we also ought to love/Love one another.
Some may ask the ‘difference’ between “love” and “Love”?
Are we aware that well before our existence love/Love was defined?
Four unique forms of love/Love are found in The Bible. They are communicated through four Greek words: Eros, Storge, Philia, and Agape. These different types of love/Love are characterized by romantic love, family love, brotherly love, and God’s divine Love.
Yes, love/Love is a powerful emotion! In many cases it throws complexity (I needed really) into situations!
What is yours is truly yours! Prayer AND patience, Faith and knowledge of God’s desire for you is THE key to plenty!
No one has EVER seen God; but if we love/Love one another, God lives in us and His Love is made complete in us.
This is how we know that we live in Him and He in us: He has given us of His Spirit.
He has given us His Spirit. This is how we live by His help and He lives in us, Amen
Love Gives Us More Faith in Christ
We have seen and are able to say that The Father sent His Son to save the world from the punishment of sin. The person who tells of Him in front of men and says that Jesus is The Son of God, God is living in that one and that one is living by The help of God.
1 John 4:13-15
And we have seen and testify that The Father has sent His Son to be the Savior of the world.
If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is The Son of God, God lives in them and they in God.
And so we know and rely on the Love God has for us.
God is Love.
Whoever lives in Love lives in God, and God in them.
This is how Love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus.
There is no fear in Love. But perfect Love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in Love.
We Love because God Who is Love manifested Himself in our creation and was Himself toward us.
Whoever claims to Love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love/Love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot Love God, whom they have not seen.
And God has given us this command: “Anyone who Loves God must also love/Love their brother and sister.”
1 John 4:7-21
This was taken from a sharing by Dwight M. Pratt
Used in a twofold sense in both the Old Testament and New Testament. This double meaning appears in two Hebrew and two Greek words which signify in turn
(1) mental or spiritual perception,
(2) capacity to hold or contain, as in a measure or in an all-inclusive principle, e.g.:
(1) yadha`, “to see with the eyes or the mind,” hence, “know,” “understand.” Job was urged by Elihu to accept as inscrutable the ways of God, inasmuch as His operations in the physical world are so mighty and mysterious that “we cannot comprehend” them (Job 37:5). Modern science, in unveiling the secrets of Nature, is opening the way for a better understanding of God’s creative purpose and plan.
katalambano, “to lay hold of,” hence, mentally to apprehend:
used of the spiritual capacity of the Christian “to comprehend (the Revised Version (British and American) “apprehend”) with all saints” (Ephesians 3:18) the measureless love of God; and of the inability of the unrenewed heart to know or perceive the revelation of God made in Christ: “the darkness comprehended it not” (John 1:5 the Revised Version (British and American) “apprehended”; the Revised Version, margin “overcame”; compare John 12:35).
(2) kul, “to measure” or “contain,” as grain in a bushel. So God’s immeasurable greatness is seen in His being able to hold oceans in the hollow of His hand and “comprehend the dust of the earth in a measure” (Isaiah 40:12).
anakephalaioo, “to sum up under one head,” e.g. love includes every other moral principle and process. The entire law on its manward side, says Paul, “is comprehended (the Revised Version (British and American) “summed up”) in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself” (Romans 13:9).
Author: Dwight M. Pratt
To come to a pause; we reiterate what has been shared:
Love is commonly considered an emotion—a feeling, an inclination of the heart.
Love involves knowing the person we love/Love, and yet even that knowledge is not the end of love/Love.
Paul reminds his readers of this basic truth when he prays that they may “know this Love that surpasses knowledge.” Paul is talking here about the Love of God, and he is saying that it is not enough to know about God without having Love for God.
The standard of Love that believers strive for is to “be filled to the measure of ALL the fullness of God.” That’s a high standard indeed!
God is, in every way, far beyond what our minds can comprehend or our hearts can contain. We will never achieve this total fullness!
But what a powerful prayer this is—and what a wonderful goal to guide us in living our life!
To be continually growing in this “FULLNESS of God” and His Love is the delight of discipleship.
This is a wonderful prayer offered for us—but it’s also a prayer to offer on behalf of others.
What a transformation of our relationships when an entire community of Christ’s disciples experiences together a growing FULLNESS of God’s Love.
It’s beyond our ability to imagine!
Lord, fill us to overflowing with Your FULLNESS so that we Love You more and serve you better. Help us to keep offering this prayer for others, that we may all grow in You. Amen