17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that you, 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 passes knowledge, that you might be filled with all the fullness of God.
If there was a pyramid with the most important parts of being a believer listed, love would be at the top. Or if you see the top of the pyramid like the food pyramid with the least important thing at the top, then love would be the base. Love is what makes the difference. Does love seem important in other religions?
A couple of days ago we discussed the importance of love to urge us to take action. In this passage Paul shows that love is the roots of the whole system of Christianity. We are to be rooted and grounded in love. It’s love that draws people to Jesus. “By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, if you have love one to another” (John 13:35).
“37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us. 38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:37-39).
Most of us don’t comprehend the breadth, length, depth, and height of the love of God. We are stuck in religious thinking that God is just watching for us to make a mistake so He can punish us with some sickness or other trial. It’s like a box filled with God’s love. We don’t understand how big the box is. Most of think we could carry around this little box of love. But the box is HUGE. Even the universe couldn’t contain it.
Somehow we need to see this love that passes knowledge, because you can’t just learn about it. You have to be part of it. Be filled with the fullness of God’s love.