The Foundation of Love

by Lester Young

It’s hard to build anything without having a foundation of some kind to put it on.  It’s not altogether impossible; but the structure you do manage to get up will be far from sure and stable.  Today, let’s spend a few moments talking about the subject of Love – but not from the angle that usually pops to mind first; i.e., Jesus’ commandment to love others as He loves us (John 15:12).  Instead, we’re going to focus on the back half of that statement, the part that says, “He loves us.”

“Yeah, yeah, I already know God loves me…‘for the Bible tells me so.’ I know John 3:16 says, ‘God so loved the world (and I’m in the world so it includes me, too) that He gave His only begotten Son.’  I’m fully aware of the fact that God loves me.”  Well, good for you.  But, let me ask you this: do you consider yourself to be filled with all the fullness of God Himself?  Hmm?

If your answer to that question is “No,” or you haven’t answered it at all because you’re still contemplating the notion, I want you take a look with me at Ephesians 3:18-19.  But, I feel compelled to warn you, it’ll smack the taste right out of your mouth with the reason why.  That familiar passage states: “[That you] may be able to comprehend…the breadth, and length, and depth, and height [of His love for you]; And to know [that] love of Christ [for you], which [sur]passes [a simple, intellect-level] knowledge [of its existence, so] that you [will] be filled with all the fullness of God.”

Those verses tells us that if we truly know God’s love for us and understand just how deep it goes, we’ll be filled with all His fullness!  Therefore, by the same logic, if we’re not filled with His fullness, it’s because – and only because – we don’t truly know His love; that is, His personal attachment and affection to and for us on an individual basis.  I’m not talking about just knowing of His love, which anyone in the world can find out about by way of John 3:16 and 1 John 4:16 (among other verses), because the statement is written right there on the page – all you gotta do is read it.  That’s the “[simple, intellect-level] knowledge [of its existence],” as it’s referred to in the above passage.

No, what I’m speaking of is the state of knowing His love – not just knowing about it, but having a personal relationship in it.  It’s the kind of perception of something whereby (as others have said) ‘you just know that you know that you know;’ and, once you know it, nobody can beat it out of you with a stick.  It’s a ‘knowing’ that far surpasses and goes much deeper than just a simple intellectual recognition of the existence of something – it’s an inner perception and understanding that can only be born out of some personal experience with it.  The ‘know’ in Ephesians 3:19 (and also 1 John 4:16) is from the Greek word ginosko, which means ‘to know (in an absolute sense).’  We commonly refer to that kind of knowing as revelation knowledge, and it doesn’t arise from the mind or intellect; it comes directly from the Spirit of God into our spirit.

Without a revelation of it from God Himself, we really can’t even begin to wrap our brains around the strength of His love for us.  Just for starters, think of how God must have felt sending Jesus – His only begotten Son, His Beloved – to be sacrificed for you.  (Yes, God has feelings.  He made us and we’re in His image – where else would we have gotten them from?  He just isn’t led or dominated by His.)  And, think about how Jesus felt (Matthew 26:21-23; Mark 14:33-36; Luke 22:22-24).  Just how much love for you must there have been for the LORD to plan that – and then for Them to actually go through with it?  To die – and go to Hell – for you and for me?!  Could you sacrifice your only son or daughter, or any of your kids?  It’s difficult to comprehend, isn’t it?  But they did it, out of love for us – and the Word of God says we can comprehend the breadth, length, depth and height of that love (Ephesians 3:18)…which is actually comprehending God Himself! (1 John 4:16)

However, to know a personal love that vast can only come by revelation of it from Christ Jesus our Elder Brother (because He knows and has experienced it firsthand) by way of the Holy Spirit (Romans 5:5).  Such a revelation of our Father’s personal love will cause us to not only actively believe in it (1 John 4:16), but also to become rooted and grounded in that love (Ephesians 3:17) – in other words, we’ll be stable in it, founded upon it and totally sure of it.  When that happens, it’s just a matter of time before God’s own fullness begins to bubble over and out of us to the surrounding world (Psalm 23:5).  And, on a foundation like that, you can build anything His heart – and yours – desires.

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4 Comments to “The Foundation of Love”

  1. Wow, that’s it, so we can be filled with the fullness of God, we need to know/comprehend the depths and riches of Christ’s love for us. Thank you, Lester!

  2. Thank you for a Beautiful Post – God’s love is massive and His goodness is limitless. Thanks so much for stopping by My Journal of Praise.

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