The Inside Column 13/08

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Good morning and welcome to St Barnabas Stoke. If you are visiting today we hope you encounter God’s almighty grace for you and loving presence as you join us in worship. Please feel free to chat with us afterwards over a coffee and meet some of our people.

Over the last couple of weeks we have been looking through Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. In Chapter 3:14 –21 Paul prays:

For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every 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 Lord’s holy people, 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.

 I think this is worth meditating on this over the next couple of weeks to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ for you.

There is a story told of a father and a son walking down the road. The father bends down and picks up his son and gives him a big hug and kisses him, then after a moment puts his boy down again. Is the son more of a son before his father pick him up, or after? Before or after the son is still a son, that fact does not change, but in a different way everything changes. The son has experienced his son-ship in a real way.

The same can be said about us as children of God, we know God loves us, but it is a different thing altogether for us to experience how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ for us. Ask yourself, How wide, long, high, and deep is God’s love for me? We don’t have to look far before you see the cross, that’s how much God love us. As we meditate of these truths, we are in a way been swept up into the father’s arms, and we come to know these truths in a whole new way.

Yours in Christ

Phil

 

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