This past Thursday when the ladies of our home congregation got together for prayer and Bible study we looked at Paul’s prayer, in Ephesians 3:14-21, for the Ephesian church. One thing in particular that we talked about was Paul’s request that these believers would be rooted and grounded in love.
What does it mean to be rooted and grounded in love? It has the idea of being established and stable in love, having all that we do springing from a firm foundation of love. One lady gave the example of a tree growing in her front yard. As she gardens, in a flower bed across the yard, she is continually finding tree roots; and regardless of how much she pulls on them, the roots seem unending. This is how our love ought to be – that no matter how much we are tugged at and pressed upon, love would always flow continually out of us.
May I grow to be rooted and grounded in love, that in every situation I encounter, love would flow naturally. It’s an easy thing to love those who love me. It can be another thing to show love to those who seemingly ‘give me cause’ to not show love. Consider the love that Christ had for us undeserving sinners, giving His life to save us from God’s wrath and make us His own. If Christ, the Son of God, loved us like that, how much more ought we to show love to others?
“Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma” ~Ephesians 5:1-2