“I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” Ephesians 3:16-19 NIV My Father worked for a cement contractor with the company slogan – “Build your future on a good foundation.” God’s love is the good foundation of my (our) faith. I didn’t know this in my inner being. My idea of love was tied up with works. Love was something to be earned. Two years ago, I planned a retreat with God. I planned to work on my perfection. I would return from Annual Conference and go to a house in the countryside. I returned from AC. My accommodations fell through. I told God, “I wanted to go away with You and to work out my own salvation!” He said, “I invite you on a honeymoon.” What? That same day, a friend connected me with someone who had a house in the countryside. I went to look at the place and to get the key. The woman couldn’t believe I planned to go away by myself. I shared with her, “God invited me on a honeymoon.” The little house was great – all the modern conveniences plus a front porch with a rocking chair. No internet and almost no cell coverage. As she gave me the keys I asked, “How much?” She said, “God has this gift for you.” Of course! The groom pays for the honeymoon. I still didn’t understand the nature of this honeymoon. In the next ten days I tried to discuss all my failures with God. He replied, “I love you.” over and over and over until I quit trying to BE lovable. One night I woke to God singing over me. It was the song, The Love of God. Every word. All verses. I felt filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. All the striving or all the sinning we do is just trying to fill that God shaped vacuum. May we let Him fill us with Himself today. Warmly in Christ, Karen Kurth
Read or listen to the song, The Love of God by Frederick Lehman. Allow God to sing this over you.
Pray Ephesians 3:16-19 over yourself, or your spouse, or your children, or those you are discipling.