Encouragement in Ephesians
“For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so 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: 14-19
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A quick Google search will tell you that the surface area of the Pacific Ocean is nearly sixty-three million, eight-hundred thousand square miles. One of the deepest known parts of the Pacific Ocean is the Mariana Trench, which has been measured at a depth of 36,070 feet—that’s almost seven miles deep! Such a vast ocean is far beyond our comprehension, to say the least. Although technology enables such measurements, our minds can’t imagine such a huge body of water.
This is how the apostle Paul describes the love of Christ for us. Paul wishes that we “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 3:18–19). Like the Pacific Ocean, the magnitude of Christ’s love for us is too much for our minds to comprehend; however, unlike the Pacific Ocean, the scope of Christ’s love for us is not able to be measured. This is not because we don’t have the right tools or measurement system but rather because Christ’s love is never ending.
The Pacific Ocean has limits; the love of Christ does not. His love runs farther and deeper and higher, and it does not stop. As Paul said, it surpasses knowledge. Rather than straining to get a grasp of the vastness of the love of Christ, you can rest in the fact that He fully knows and understands you. His grace covers all of your past, present, and future. His mercies for you are new every morning. God’s love does not fail, and it endures forever.
What’s more, when we have received God’s unending, unceasing, and unfailing love, we know that it is far too much to keep inside ourselves. God’s love overflows from us as we serve Him and others by our work and by proclaiming the truth of God’s Word. In our classrooms, it is so important that our students hear how much each and every one of them is loved by God. As their teacher, you can share the love of God with your students every day. Don’t be afraid to give it out—we’ve got an endless supply.
Scripture quotations are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.