“And that you….may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.” (Eph. 3:17-19)
Paul is not done with his discussion of the benefits of the glory of God strengthened us through the Spirit in our inner man. In a world filled with hate, it is easy to miss true love. In our daily walk in the land of mankind, we often witness more hate than love, or we see love that is weak and ineffective.
Parents fail to provide the love for their children they are given to share. Wives and husbands break their vows. Brothers and sisters become estranged. So much selfishness that we may wonder what real love would be like if we saw it.
It does exist of course. It was demonstrated a long time ago, and most of us missed it. We didn’t see it, or we don’t believe it. Down inside so many of us, today is the gut feeling that we can’t really trust anyone. Sadly, much evidence abounds to support that theory.
Without the Spirit working in us to change us by the power of the glory of God, we may never comprehend a love without boundaries. Paul explains that you can’t learn about this kind of love in a normal way. It can’t be taught in schools, or learned in books or even passed on from one generation to another. This love is too unworldly to be understood in the world.
God knew this. He gave the love and then he gave the Spirit to help us understand what this love is. Can’t know this love looking at the world. Can’t understand this love by watching other humans. The world is lacking, and humans are failing. Only God is complete, whole. He is without nothing that the inner man needs.
We will never grasp this love and be filled up with God’s fullness until we connect with the Spirit in the inner man. There are some things that just won’t help us make that connection. They are; money, entertainment, education, idols, sex, and fame. Those are all things that feed the outer man. We need to concentrate on things that feed the inner man. Some of those things are; the word, praise, prayer, serving others, meditating and earnestly seeking Him with our minds.