The Love Of Your Life
by Stephanie Olson, Co-founder Set Me Free Ministries
“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.
“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” (NKJ)
I read this scripture earlier this week, and my heart was overwhelmed—overwhelmed by a couple of things. First, I was overwhelmed by my love for Jesus, but more importantly, I was overwhelmed by His love for me. I began learning about Jesus at a young age. I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior at the age of nine, but frankly, it didn’t seem to have a profound impact at the time. Well, I was nine. There was not a lot of sin to turn from, other than the occasional disobedience to my parents, bad thoughts—you know, nine-year-old stuff in the ’70s.
When I entered junior high, my love for Jesus certainly grew. Yet, there was always a bit of an embarrassment attached to the fact that I was a Christian. I had a desire to be accepted, and being a Christian didn’t fit into that image. So, I was wholly devoted at home and at church and then at school … not so much. By the time I was in high school and college, Jesus was more of an afterthought than my Lord. When I approached my twenties, I had simply turned my back on Him. Oh how He must have wept.
As I write that last sentence, my friends, my heart is burdened with grief, and tears well up in my eyes. My heartaches because of the anguish I caused my True Love. You see, when I rededicated my life to Christ in my late twenties, something had changed. I began to comprehend that God not only loved me, but He forgave all of the sins I had committed against Him, against others, and against myself. He took me back. In fact, He didn’t just take me back; He embraced me, reveled in me, and held on tight.
I was still drinking heavily at this time, and it wasn’t until I became sober at the age of 33 (five years after I had rededicated my life to Jesus) that the wall that was blocking true intimacy with Christ came tumbling down. I’ll never forget the first time I really understood that God, the Creator of the Universe, loved me. I got down on my face and sobbed and sobbed. There were no words. There really are no words now. That love that I felt for Jesus deepened every day. My love for Christ grew because I desired to spend time in His word and talking to Him. I even prayed that my love for Him would grow. I didn’t know I was capable of falling in love with Jesus, but I did.
So, I take you back to our scripture above. Read it again in its entirety and then read this again: “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.”
“That you may be able to comprehend …” Another version says, “that you may be able to grasp … the width and length and depth and height” of His love! Do you grasp the width and length and depth and height of His love for you? May I be so bold as to say you don’t? None of us do. We can’t truly comprehend a love like that. But, do you understand, within our human limitations, that you are loved by Jesus with a love that surpasses all understanding? You are loved beyond reach!
It doesn’t matter what you did in life. It doesn’t matter what you are doing now. He loves you! He desires more than anything for you to turn away from your old life, turn away from your sin, and come running into His ever open arms! You are loved with an everlasting love! Let Jesus be your strength, your might, your power, and, of course, the love of your life.