Rooted in God’s love
By Andrea Chatelain
“...And 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.” Ephesians 3:17-18
Surely He can’t love me now. This time I’ve blown it too badly.
My thoughts limited God’s love in the past to human capacity. I believed His love was imperfect like what I’d experienced in human relationships. I’ve seen love betrayed, disappointed, faded with time—but I’m learning God’s love is different.
The more I read my Bible, the more I’m rooted in the fact that Christ’s love is immeasurable and incomprehensible. Our minds can’t fathom the greatness of His affection and care towards each of us. It’s not diminished by our bad choices or affected by our neglect. Even when we stray, His love remains immovable.
Today’s verse suggests it requires power to grasp Christ’s never-ending love. But when we’re rooted in God’s love, when it’s our deepest identity, we start understanding and unpacking its steadfastness. It changes how we see ourselves and our circumstances when we believe God will never leave, abandon, abuse, manipulate, or ignore us like people do. Instead He will pursue, cover, and protect us unceasingly.
So when you feel unloveable, undeserving, or unsure, remember you can’t outrun God’s great affection for you. May you have the power to understand the fullness of His love so you can live today in confidence and joy.
Andrea Chatelain’s mission is to meet women in their struggles and love them forward with God’s truth. She's part of the Wholly Loved Ministries team, is a Midwest mom of three, faith and family writer, and college English instructor to immigrants and refugees. It’s her joy to lead Bible studies in her neighborhood, church, and community because she believes Jesus transforms lives when His people boldly seek Him. Her writing reflects her love for Jesus and heart for fellow believers. Connect with Andrea more online at www.afruitfulwoman.com.
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Originally published Monday, 20 March 2023.