and to know this love that surpasses knowledge–that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:19
For a person to really understand and know a person, one must have knowledge about that person. One can get to know a person in how he thinks, acts and responds to different situations. The more of these things a person knows, the better he knows a person.
No matter how long one knows a person, there is usually some new things to still be learned. Along with all the new learning, people will often change over time, causing re-learning to occur.
Paul is wanting the people to really know the love of God. The purpose of knowing His love is so that they may be filled with all of God.
It is easy for people to claim that they know God. Often all this means is that they know about God or know just a small amount about God.
Since God is infinitely big and eternal, one cannot know absolutely everything about God. The one thing that a person must know about God, that most encompasses who He is, is to really know His love.
Since God is love, it is what most defines who God is and what His character is.
One must stop and think about how great His love is. God created man as perfect, in a perfect world, and yet man chose to disobey Him and sin against Him. Although man chose to sin against Him, God still loves mankind.
His love for man is so great that He made a way to redeem him and give him back the eternal initially intended for him. When a person can fully understand this great love, he will be filled with all of who God is.
Take a moment to realize how much God loves you. Think about how many times you have sinned against God.
Now realize that for every time you sinned against Him, you deserved eternal punishment and death. Yet, God did not destroy you, but made a way for you to be forgiven and given eternal life. And not only does God love you this way, He also loves everyone else this same way.
When you begin to realize a small portion of this great and endless love of God, you will be filled with who God is. Your life will be transformed by His great love for you.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God’s great love for you and this world; that you will be filled with God’s love; that you will be changed by God’s love; and that you will be filled with all of whom God is.
Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything; what counts is the new creation. Galatians 6:15
Every person has an idea what is most important in every situation. Each person’s idea of what is most important can be very different. The focal point is what is different.
Some will focus on wealth, while others will focus on position or title. Some will focus on self, while others will focus upon family or others.
Depending upon a person’s point of view, will depend upon what the person is willing to say is most important.
After discussing about laws and what to obey, Paul says that neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything. The whole point is a new creation.
Everywhere a person goes there are lots of different regulations or laws governing what a person can and cannot do. There is guidance as to how things are to be done or not to be done. Following the laws often shows the person is a good person.
In the church, there have been many laws established. Most of which are man-made laws to make people look good. Many of these laws do not really have any effect upon a person’s heart with God.
The real sign of whether one believes in God and follows Jesus or not is seen in being a new creation. The follower of Jesus must be someone who has become a new person.
He must be willing to give up his old ways of sin and live his life as Jesus lived His. If one does not become a new creation, his following or not following the law does not really mean anything at all.
The new creation will love and serve God and others from the heart, not out of obligation or law. God’s law will be written upon his heart, not just the mind.
As you go through life, you must ask yourself why you obey the laws that you do. If your heart is not right before God and things are done with the right motive, all your obedience to the law means nothing and is worthless.
Allow God’s Holy Spirit to come upon you and change you from the inside out. Allow God to make you into a new creation that loves and serves God from the heart and not out of duty.
Are you the living dead in the law? Or are you a new creation in Christ Jesus?
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will be a new creation in Christ Jesus; that you will love and serve God from the heart; that you will do everything out of love for God; and that you will allow God’s Holy Spirit to guide and change you.