Experiencing the Love of Christ

"And may you have the power to understand, as all God's people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God. (Ephesians 3:18, 19 NLT) May you experience the love of Christ! We start meeting as a church community next month and my prayer for my wife, my kids, you, me and everyone Jesus will draw to Himself through our community is that we would experience the love of Christ. I just finished reading Bob Goff's book Love Does (which I absolutely recommend for you), then read these verses this morning and feel compelled to share this message with you.

God's love is our answer. Though we may not understand it fully, it makes us complete. It is what we need, and what gives us fullness of life. For me, fullness of life means significance and purpose. The next verse talks about how He is at work in us and accomplishes more than we can ask or think. His love fills us up and causes us to do things that He uses to change the lives of those in close proximity to us.

His love is not meant to be a great answer at a Bible study that makes me look smart. It is not meant to help me live in some impressive way that makes others wish they had it all together. It is not just for me to hold on to like a lucky charm, leading me to a safe, happy life.

Instead, it should fill up in me and begin to spill out on all of those around me. It should be leaking and splashing out on them in a way that they encounter the love of Christ that was meant for them. Are you picturing a mess? I am. I am praying for one, right in the middle of our community. A dumpster fire that tips over, becoming an uncontainable, uncontrollable fire that reaches the unreachable.

The love of Jesus Christ is not meant to be studied, it is meant to be experienced. Experiencing His love is what pierces hearts and changes lives. When we are so filled with His love that we begin to act, move and share it with our neighbors, then the untouchable begin to be touched.

Okay, great - so now what do you do? Ask God. Be still and ask Him what He would have you do. It may seem like a little thing to you, to walk across the street to pick up someone's trash can, visit with a neighbor or to help someone unload groceries. I have no idea. But, I am sure He wants us to experience His love in a way that we cannot contain it.

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