Ephesians 3:17-19 (NET) That Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, so that, because you have been rooted and grounded in love, you may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and thus to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.
Because Gabriel was adopted when he was nine, he never understood love and could not give it. He struggled to adapt to the kind of life his parents wanted for him. He wasn’t coping with their training. Mr. Anderson wanted Gabriel to be his son and be able to inherit and manage his great estate, but Gabriel wasn’t getting it. He never felt part of the family and could not even do well in school or cooperate with any discipline his adopted father wanted to take him through in order to make him a great man like himself.
One night, Gabriel stayed in the mall late into the night and refused to come home because he was enjoying a video game. His father was worried sick. He was just arriving from a business trip when he realized Gabriel was missing. He couldn’t rest until he found him in the mall. Gabriel who was now 13 saw for the first time that Mr. Anderson truly loved him because he saw the fear and restlessness in Mr. Anderson’s face because he was missing. From that day, Gabriel started loving his adopted parents and was now able to cope academically and cooperate with the training of his father. He ended up becoming a very brilliant businessman like his father and was able to manage his father’s great estate.
Understanding the Love of God is the key to loving Him and being like Him. When we understand how much God loves us, it begets love for God, obedience and a willingness to make sacrifices for the cause of Christ. The more like Christ we are in character, the more we can be filled with the fullness of God.
Go into today remembering that Christ dwells in you by faith. You have to believe that Christ indeed dwells in you because He loves you more than you can ever know. Let this love produce loyalty and transformation that would make you more like Him.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, please help me understand your love and become moe like you. Help me be filled with the fulness of God. In Jesus name. Amen.
—Abraham Damilola Arigi
Bible in 1 Year: Luke 23-24 (in today’s audio)
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