July 11, 2019

Unending Length, Breadth, and Depth of God’s Love - Ephesians 3:14-19

"Like the stars of the sky, so is the love of God. There's no end to the love of God."

Family Discussion:

  • Why should our love for God grow deeper as the years go by?
  • What is the breadth and length and height and depth of God's love?
  • How do you compare the every deepening love for a person in your family, with the ever deepening love of God?

Transcription:

00:13 Okay, I'm not much of a cook, but I love to get in the kitchen. And the main difference between my wife's cooking and my cooking is that she always measure stuff. Well, I just throw stuff in the bowl and it doesn't come out so perfect all the time. But today I'm going to tell you about something where there's no end to how much you can measure. You just can't measure what we're talking about today. This is a Ephesians chapter 3 verse 14, and it Paul says this: "for this reason, I'm on my knees before the father from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. That he would grant you according to the riches of his glory to be strengthened with power through his spirit in the inner man. That Christ may dwell in your heart through faith, and that you being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth and to know the love of Christ, which surpasses knowledge. That you may be filled up to all the fullness of God."

01:16 My wonderful long-time friend, dear Dr. Horace Wood, was 93 years old when he gently closed his eyes for one final nap, as he instantly passed from this world into the arms of his savior that he had cherished for 80 of his 93 years on earth. I never saw a man so much in love with anything or anyone. Every time that doctor would begin to talk about Jesus, big old tears of affection would stream from his eyes. Every night he went to bed with a little recording playing at his bedside of a great preacher. Talking about Dr. Woods first loev, the breadth and length and height and depth. Man, I've only been a follower of Christ for probably 40 years or something like that. But my love for him and his word grows sweeter and deeper and honestly more intimately fulfilling every year of my life. The breadth and length and height and depth. In a very similar way I think my love has grown from my little bride for 36 years. The more I know about Debbie Jo, the more I love her. I liked her the first time I met her, I really did. And I loved her the first time we kissed. And I knew in my heart that I wanted to spend the rest of my life with her. I loved her more when I kinda hid her engagement ring in a little Cracker Jacks box to hand it to her to ask her to marry me. My love grew fonder was she walked the aisle in gorgeous white wedding lace. My loved increased by leaps and bounds when she brought our first child home from the hospital. I'll never forget that. You know, you get to the bottom of love. You can't get to the top of God's love. You can't reach your arms around it. God's love, that's what it is. He's love. That's who he is. And God is so magnificent. The longer you love him, the longer you love someone through him, the more you see how much more there is to see. In the city on a clear starry night, you can see about 3000 stars. Out in these country Ozark mountains, you can see twice as many it seems. This last year, atop a 10,000 foot volcano in Maui, I'm positive I saw 10 times that many stars. I could have gazed for a week and never seen them all. Astronomers tell us that we have about a hundred billion stars. Some say as many as 400 billion in our milky way galaxy. Who knows? And we're only one of 100 billion galaxies in the known universe.

03:55 Have you lost your mind yet? Well, like the stars of the sky, so is the love of God. The higher you get with him, the more you see, the more you see, the more you want to know. There's no end to the love of God. And so the questions today are this: Why should our love for God grow deeper as the years go by? And then this question: What is the breadth and length and height and depth of God's love? And then here's a question. How do you compare the every deepening love for a person in your family, with the ever deepening love of God? And here's the thought for the day: Search for the deeper love in the people that you love too.

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