The apostle Paul prays that the Ephesian church would grow in their understanding of God’s love for them in Ephesians 3:17-19. This, of course, is a prayer to pray for us as Christians, too. This love is knowable, though it ultimately surpasses human knowledge. No matter how deep we plunge into it, there is no bottom to it. No matter how far we see its reach, it never ends.
The apostle Paul knew of God’s love, as did all the other apostles. They saw love incarnate in Jesus Christ. They heard his love for them. They observed it. To them, there was no mistaking the fact that God loved not only them, but the entire world.
God so loved the world – John 3:16
God demonstrated his love for us while we were still sinners – Romans 5:8
The true picture of love is not human love, but God’s love for us demonstrated through the sacrificial, bloody, and atoning death of Jesus Christ – 1 John 4:10
Great hymns also communicate this truth.
Here is love, vast as the ocean,
Lovingkindness as the flood,
When the Prince of Life, our Ransom,
Shed for us His precious blood.
Who His love will not remember?
Who can cease to sing His praise?
He can never be forgotten,
Throughout Heav’n’s eternal days.
On the mount of crucifixion,
Fountains opened deep and wide;
Through the floodgates of God’s mercy
Flowed a vast and gracious tide.
Grace and love, like mighty rivers,
Poured incessant from above,
And Heav’n’s peace and perfect justice
Kissed a guilty world in love. – William Rees
O the deep, deep love of Jesus! Vast, unmeasured, boundless, free! Rolling as a mighty ocean in its fullness over me. Underneath me, all around me, is the current of Thy love; Leading onward, leading homeward, to Thy glorious rest above.
O the deep, deep love of Jesus! Love of every love the best; ‘Tis an ocean vast of blessing, ’tis a haven sweet of rest. O the deep, deep love of Jesus, ’tis a heav’n of heav’ns to me; And it lifts me up to glory, for it lifts me up to Thee. – Samuel Trevor Francis
May no Christian ever doubt the love of God, no matter what the circumstance or situation in which we find ourselves; no matter who attacks us; no matter what God in His providence allows. God’s love is sure, eternally fixed, and never changing! May our hearts rest today in the love of God!