My small group is reading “Ten Questions to Diagnose Your Spiritual Health” by Donald S. Whitney. We are on Chapter 3, “Are you move loving.” One of the verses mentioned in this chapter is Ephesians 3:17-19. So for the next few posts I will be talking about this verse:
“that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height–to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.” Ephesians 3: 17-19
The Potter’s Fellowship comments on this verse:
This understanding of God’s limitless love comes from being rooted (planted, stable) and grounded (built, foundation) in love. If we want to understand God’s love better we need to be planted and built in it.
Hmmm, this idea of being rooted somewhere to truly learn… I wonder how our culture works with that. We are so mobile–able to move from place to place to learn. e.g. We can switch jobs every few years, We get info from the library, then leave. We live in a society that allows to to not be rooted in one place to really learn.
So what are some ways that we still today stick around with something for a long time?… One big one is marriage: being rooted together for the rest of your life. It really enables to learn true love. Not just enduring each other every day, but this being planted and built into it, sticking with it is an example of how to learn more about Jesus and His love for us.