17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
Paul describes the great blessing it is to have the presence and power of the Holy Spirit as a believer. He prays for the church that they may experience the Spirit’s presence in their hearts through faith. Of all the blessings we gain from the presence of the Spirit in our lives, the greatest of all is the revelation of the immeasurable love of God. Having the Holy Spirit within us should accomplish, above all things, an awareness and application of love.
The best way to know if I am walking in the Spirit is to assess my love. If I don’t live with a keen awareness in my life and an abounding application of the love of God into the lives of others, I am not walking in the Spirit. The greatest power of the Spirit is the power of love. A few things…
-Before I do anything, I must know first. Know that I am loved. Know that the gospel is for me. Know that the height, width and depth of the love of God is for me.
-I must share that love with those around me through His Spirit. Of all the things the Spirit is to accomplish in and through me, the greatest is to help other people know and feel that they are loved by God. That is the mission above all missions.
-Am I putting anything above living in and sharing the love of God? If so, I am hard pressed to say I am “spirit-filled”
Love changes everything. I must remember that. I must live it Lord. Thank you for your love and thank you for giving me the chance to share that love with other people. Love is sacrifice. Love is laying down my own desires and needs for the sake of others. Jesus, that is who you are. May I live like that. May I be like that. May I be marked and known by love.