When Apostle Paul wrote to Ephesians, he prayed that they would know the love of Christ (Ephesians 3:18). Sometimes, we wonder if God still loves us, may be because we drew far from Him, may because we have the feeling that He has forgotten about us. My brother, my sister, today, notice that Apostle Paul did not pray that they would grow in their love for Christ. Why? Because it is wrong to think that we are filled with the nature of God to the degree that we would love God. That is certainly not what the Bible tells us. In fact, it is written that we are filled to the degree to which we know the love of Christ.
Indeed, John, the disciple whom Jesus loved, was at one time a member of the Ephesian church and he was famous for reminding people of the Father’s unconditional love towards us. This is what He said. “Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God” (1 John 4:7). In other words, love comes from God and we can only love as God when we are born of Him and know Him! Therefore, real love is not our love for God, but His love demonstrated and expressed for us as the Word says, “This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins” (1 John 4:10). In short, our love flows out of, and is a response to, His love. The Lord is our love-source. So, instead of turning to people looking for love, seek to know the love of Christ first. Those people to whom we sometimes turn to because we want them to love us will never be able to do what Christ did for us: He left His divine status to become poor and die on the cross for us to be saved! There will never be another Christ, except for the One and True Messiah… So, let’s rather look for the source of His love to be filled, strengthened, encouraged, healed, restored, for His love is unconditional; it is the only real love that gives peace, that is eternal. Stay blessed in Jesus’ name.