God’s incomprehensible love

Paul prayed for the church at Ephesus to be able to understand God’s love. We too must make it a habit to pray this prayer, not just because God’s love is so great, but also because  some of the things that happen to us can make us question the greatness of God’s love. Yet far from being evidence that He is not with us,  adversity may well be proof of God’s love
for us, rather than a negation of it.

Song: I Cannot Comprehend

I cannot comprehend

The love that restores me

The love that revives me

The love that renews me

I cannot comprehend

The love that called me

The love that chose me

The love that cleansed me

Yet it’s His will that I might have the power to comprehend it

That I might grasp the height and the depths of His love

That I might be rooted and grounded

Established and founded in His love

Then I won’t want to walk from Him again.

 

I cannot comprehend

The love that draws me

The love that delivers me

The love that dignifies me

I cannot comprehend

The love that holds me

The love that heals me

The love that hides me

Yet it’s His will that I might have

The power to comprehend it

That I might grasp the height and the depths of His love

That I might be rooted and grounded

And established and founded In His love

Then I won’t want to walk from  Him again.

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The song comes from the following passage of Scripture, which is Paul’s prayer for the church in Ephesus.

For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 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. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,  to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. (Eph 3:14-21, NIV)

God wants us to seek to understand His love, even though its scope and its greatness  “surpasses knowledge’.

What steps can we take to understand His love? From this passage it is clear that we cannot understand God’s love, unless God Himself gives us the power to understand it.  I looked at how other versions translates the words “have power” and came across words such as “may be fully able,  “have strength” and “discover.”  No wonder then, that Paul prayed for the Ephesians to be able to understand God’s love. We too must make it a habit to pray this prayer, not just because God’s love is so great, but also because  some of the things that happen to us can make us question the greatness of God’s love. Yet far from being evidence that He is not with  us,  adversity may well be proof of God’s love rather than a negation of it:-

And have you completely forgotten this word of encouragement that addresses you as a father addresses his son? It says,“My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline,and do not lose heart when he rebukes you because the Lord disciplines the one he loves,
 and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.”Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father? “

Hebrews 12:5-7, NIV.

In Hebrews 12:10-11 we are reminded that discipline can be quite unpleasant but if we submit to it, we will be very pleased with the end results – holiness, righteousness and peace!

God wants us to mature fully, and become like Jesus in every single way (Eph 4:13, Rom 8:29). The Bible tells us that Jesus learnt obedience through what He suffered (Heb 5:8) and also became a more effective High Priest for us because of what He suffered. (Heb 4:15). Therefore if Jesus was sinless, and suffered trials because His Father wanted to equip Him fully how much more we, who often have  significant character issues that need dealing with! In fact the perseverance of God in forgiving us daily, and His persistence in refining us and training us in righteousness are all proofs of His amazing love.

The song talks about God reviving and renewing us. For new life to spring forth, pruning is required, and pruning hurts! (John 15:1,2). It also talks about God cleansing us, and we know that being refined in the fire hurts! (Malachi 3:3).   It mentions God delivering us and dignifying us; well, setting us free from bondage and humiliation requires us to crucify our flesh and that hurts! (Gal 5:24).  The song talks of God healing us – and emotional healing can hurt –  especially when we have to let go of false beliefs and false coping mechanisms, just as a wound may burn when salt is put on it.

As a faithful parent that has His children’s best interests at heart, our heavenly Father will be relentless in His work of helping us grow in Christlikeness. This is why we need help  to discern His loving hand behind the trials that assail us.  We also need His help to know what lesson He is teaching us.  Discipline involves training.  If it is an attack from Satan – it may be that He is lovingly rebuking us for passivity or prayerlessness. Alternatively,  He could be training us in spiritual warfare. He may also be lovingly seeking to purify and strengthen our faith (1 Peter 1:6-7).  Or He could be nudging us to grow in other aspects of our character (James 1:2-5).

Whatever the trial, let us pray for strength to understand God’s love and to discern His purpose for us in each trial. May each trial (and the good purpose that comes out of it) cause us to gain a deeper understanding of God’s love. May we never allow a failure to comprehend His love cause us to be upset with, or offended by His dealings with us.

Prayer: Father, please grant me the strength daily, to understand your surpassing love. Grant me the grace to discern your purpose and your hand of discipline in every hardship I encounter. Thank you that you love me too much to leave me as I am.  This I ask in Jesus Name, Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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