MAY OUR FAMILIES HAVE THE STRENGTH TO COMPREHEND THE HEIGHT AND DEPTH OF CHRIST'S LOVE.
18 may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth,
19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
The invitation to be with God was an invitation to know God, to know Him for who He is again, to know His character and nature—the loving goodness of a father. The psalmist writes, "Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good" (Psalm 34v8). Love seeks to repair and restore that which is broken and needy. Love moves toward the mess. It occupies the space between, refusing to allow the ugly to take root and grow. Love engages, rejecting passivity. Love gets involved. Love tills the hardened soil of our hearts until it's fertile to accept the seed. Then out of the new, good ground blossoms a bountiful garden. New life blooms from the fertile ground of love. This is the kind of love that God has for His people. In the Old Testament, this love was known as hesed love. Often translated "loving-kindness," hesed love is a stubborn love. It is described as a one-way love or a love-without-an-exit-strategy kind of love. It is a covenantal love that binds people together. It's this kind of love, a covenantal love, that makes God’s people a covenantal people. This kind of love carries with it a sense of intimacy, a deep sense of knowing. Love longs to be known, so love pursues.
It's a covenant-making, commitment-keeping, grace-filled, I'm-not-going-anywhere,
stubborn kind of love.
God, we want to KNOW You.