Thanking God for Christ’s Four-Dimensional Love
Paul’s letter to the Ephesians oozes with mind-boggling phrases describing God’s love for us. At the end of chapter three he concludes the first part of his letter with a wonderful prayer. One thing he prays is “that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ” (Ephesians 3:17-18).
This Thanksgiving, I have determined to make this my thanksgiving prayer. Even though we are separated by many miles, even though many of us have never met personally, I pray that you, together with all your fellow saints, may grasp Christ’s four-dimensional love. Obviously, there is no way we can fully grasp it. It is far too great. But we are wonderfully blessed even when we just glimpse its tremendous extent. Christ’s love for you is greater than anything you can even conceive!
Please take some time this week to ponder it. His love is so deep for you that no matter what you have done, he continues to love you. Peter denied knowing Jesus and backed it up with curses. On Easter, Jesus took the initiative and appeared to him before he even appeared to the assembled disciples. We don’t know what he told Peter in their private meeting but we don’t see Peter sulking in the corner that night. From Peter’s subsequent actions, and especially because Christ’s love is so high and deep, we can be sure he reassured and forgave Peter that Easter afternoon. He loves you just as much as he did Peter.
Or consider Jeremiah, the Old Testament prophet. I think he is the victim of some of the worst fake news when he is labeled the weeping prophet. Yes, we do see him pouring his heart out to God in private. In public, however, he was the unflinching bronze wall the Lord called him to be. Not once did he publicly break down even though he experienced extreme hardship for decades! He did this, not because of his innate strength, but because of the Lord’s love. The Lord gave him incredible stamina and never gave him more than he could handle, always providing help (1 Corinthians 10:13).
The Lord loves you no less. Like Jeremiah, there will be times when he stretches you in order to have you grow spiritually. But he will never ever leave you or forsake you (Hebrews 13:5). He is utterly faithful to his promises. But he is also often unpredictable – in the sense that many times we won’t be able to predict how he will help us. He loves to surprise us by supporting and protecting us in totally unexpected ways.
These are just two of countless aspects of his four-dimensional love. They are slivers of an awesome panorama of grace. Hopefully, however, they will serve to kick start your thinking. Take some time to review your life to see how Christ’s love enveloped you. It can be a wonderfully exhilarating exercise. I pray that “you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ”. Have a blessed Thanksgiving reveling in Christ’s love for you.