And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord; and great shall be the peace of thy children. Isaiah 54:13 KJV

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Rooted & Grounded

Ephesians 3: 17-19  That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.

I guess I'm still stuck on "love". We hear a lot about love in our world, but unfortunately, it rarely follows the model Christ set for us. The love the Bible speaks about looks very different from the screaming, in our faces, forced "love" the world wants us to crave.

However, that worldly love won't ever satisfy us. We will always be wanting. The verses above in Ephesians tell us the answer. We must be rooted and grounded in love to comprehend and know the love of Christ and to be filled with the fullness of God.

Life gets hard. It's peoplyly out there, and people can be difficult. We can be difficult. Others can knock us out of a good mood or off-kilter with almost no effort. It's important to remember we do the same to others (hopefully unintentionally!). 

We are called to be set apart from the world. To stand out for our Christian faith. At this stage in life, in this lifetime, it feels like standing out means really loving others. Not by patting their backs or "coddling their flesh" (as I once heard a preacher put it), but by true love with kindness and pleasantness and concern and lifting hands to help and using feet to walk alongside.

Sometimes it feels as though a "like" or share on social media should be enough to let our friends know we care about them. It isn't. Personally, I've found myself in another season of drawing into our family and out of the world. There are certainly times when that is completely necessary. There are also times when that is the easy solution to avoiding messy relationships. One side effect to cutting ourselves off from others is we lose a little bit of our polish when it comes to dealing with people.

Call a friend. Plan a lunch or playdate. Join a Bible study or a book club. Volunteer in a new position at your church. Host another family for a meal. Get out there and love on people while being rooted and ground in Christ's love!

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