For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, 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.
In a world such as ours, where individualism is encouraged, it is very difficult to understand the love of Christ. We live in societies that see with good eyes and applaud us to seek to serve us first before others. We are told that if we do not love ourselves first, we will not be able to love anyone. We are taught that we should strive to be happy about all things. For all this, in a world where the end justifies the means, Ephesians 3:14-19 becomes more effective because the love of Christ exceeds all knowledge.
The philosophy of the world tells us that we were born to be happy. According to this premise, each person should strive to achieve happiness in order to fulfill his purpose in life. That happiness that the world presents does not take into account that other people could be harmed in order to achieve the individual fulfillment of oneself. But what the world tells us is that we cannot give what we do not have, so if we are not happy, we cannot make anyone else happy. So the world urges us to satisfy ourselves first rather than satisfy others.
Sadly, many who think in this way spend an unhappy life. The reason is very simple, around you there are people who think the same way. And when everyone is struggling selfishly to achieve their own happiness, no one gives ground to the other and frustration is the end result for everyone. In this sense, love can never be demonstrated in the right way, and selfishness and lack of love predominate. Can you imagine God doing the same? What would be of mankind if God tried to love himself first before giving us love?
Fortunately for all, God’s way of loving is 1 Corinthians 13:4-7, Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. That way of loving is very different from the one that preaches the world, instead of seeking his own, love that exceeds all knowledge is synonymous with surrender.
To understand a little better what the love of Christ is, let’s see what the Lord himself says in John 15:13-15, Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. You are My friends if you do whatever I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you. The greatest demonstration of Christ’s love is the cross.
We are called to love in the same way. John 13:34 says, A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. The only option to love is the way Christ loved us and so He orders it. God bless you.