The depth of our hope, joy, and faith becomes stronger when we embrace God’s love. When we strive to be rooted and grounded in His love, our lives will reflect all we have received. John, through the Holy Spirit, tells us to look at the love that God has given us in making us His own children.
How to be Rooted and Grounded in His Love
When we embrace God’s love, we become deeply rooted and grounded in His love (the love of Christ).
How can we be rooted and grounded in love (Ephesians 3:17)? — After explaining to the believers at Ephesus the incredible new life that God has given them by grace through faith in Jesus Christ (Ephesians 1:1—3:13), Paul adds that he prays for them (Ephesians 3:14). Part of Paul’s prayer includes the statement that they are rooted and grounded in love (Ephesians 3:17).
Part of Paul’s prayer is this: “That Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith —that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God” (Ephesians 3:17–19, ESV)… by Got Questions
In 1 John, the Holy Spirit says, behold, look at the very way God loved us. We are to seek to see the depth and richness of God’s love for and toward us.
1 John 3:1-2 KJV Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. 2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
Picture of Embracing God’s Love
Ephesians 3 draws a picture of embracing God’s love. It describes the manner of how we are loved as God’s children. Let’s dive deeper into learning more about embracing God’s love and being rooted and grounded in His Love.
Ephesians 3:14-21 KJV 14 For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, 16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; 17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,
18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; 19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. 20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, 21 Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.
This love is not “I love you with the love of the Lord.” Nor is it, ”I love you because God says I am to.” We were God’s enemy when He loved us, died for us, and saved us (Romans 5:10). Meaning, God loved us first (1 John 4:19).
How to Become Intimate with Christ
Paul knows this love, and he prays for us to become intimately acquainted with the love of Christ. Search the greatness of His love toward us. Grasp how wide, high, deep, and long His love expands. God’s love cannot be understood correctly in the natural. Therefore, the world cannot understand this love.
But we can know God’s love supersedes our past, present circumstances, and holds our future. We pray to grow deep into the rich mercy God has for us because of the greatness of His love. Which we benefit from. His love brought us from death to eternal life in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2:1-4).
In this day and time, we need to be rooted and grounded in this love. Our assurance of eternal life through this love will reflect our new birth, new name, new citizenship, and being a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17).
Let us rest in the love of our Heavenly Father. We have an eternal Father who has plans for us that are higher than our thoughts, desires, and dreams.
God Bestows His Love Upon Us
Praise and worship God for who He is. Not for what you’re trying to get. Give your life to praise and worship of God for His holiness, mercy, love, and hope which He chose to bestowed upon us. Our life should be a testimony of the good news of God.
1 Timothy 1:13-15 NASB1995 even though I was formerly a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent aggressor. Yet I was shown mercy because I acted ignorantly in unbelief; 14 and the grace of our Lord was more than abundant, with the faith and love which are foundin Christ Jesus. 15 It is a trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am foremost of all.
This is Paul’s testimony of repentance and faith. He had a clear view of his unholiness and God’s perfect holiness. His gratitude and thanksgiving pours out in love, worship, and praise.
Bless the Lord, no Matter What Comes Your Way
Be still in these difficult times of uncertainty and fear, to know God’s love.
Through faith in Jesus the Messiah, we are now embraced and enfolded into a love that “surpasses all understanding.” We obey, follow, and want to be in the presence of those we love. I pray you love the Lord God with all your heart, mind, and soul (Matthew 22:37). The righteous life of obedience and humility flows from,
faith, hope and love.
Psalm 34:1-3 NASB1995 I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. 2 My soul will make its boast in the Lord; The humble will hear it and rejoice. 3 O magnify the Lord with me, And let us exalt His name together.
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What does it mean to embrace God?
To embrace God means to keep his commandments;
1 John 5 KJV 3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous. 4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.
Through faith in Jesus the Christ, we are born again. In Christ we have the victory to overcome the worldly way of seeing God’s commands. They are no longer a burden but a joy.
John 14:15 NASB1995 “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.
How do you embrace God’s grace?
Embracing God’s grace is that we have been saved through faith. Not from ourselves but from God, for this is a gift of God.
Ephesians 2:8-10 NASB1995 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9 not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.
What does it mean to accept God’s love?
In Matthew 11 is scripture showing how to accept God’s love. Jesus says, “Come to Me…”.
Matthew 11:28-30 NASB1995 28 “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
What does embracing mean biblically?
Embrace – 1. to clasp in the arms with affection 2. To cling to; to cherish; to love (Webster’s 1913 Dictionary)
Psalm 73:25-28 NASN1995 25 Whom have I in heaven but You? And besides You, I desire nothing on earth. 26 My flesh and my heart may fail, But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. 27 For, behold, those who are far from You will perish; You have destroyed all those who are unfaithful to You. 28 But as for me, the nearness of God is my good; I have made the Lord God my refuge, That I may tell of all Your works.