Encouragement for the Month
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Love and Faith—The Doorway to Deeper Knowledge of God

 Francis Boafo 

         

Lesson:

The love of God that passes our understanding. We understand a measure of God’s love when we learn to ground ourselves in faith and love for others.

 

Apostle Paul wrote to the Ephesus believers, “For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him”—Ephesians 1:15-17.

 

Paul heard two things about the believers in Ephesus:

  1. Their Faith in the Lord Jesus and
  2. Their love for others

 

Apostle Paul knew that these two elements in a believer’s life is the door to a greater revelation of God. He therefore prayed fervently that God will give them two things. These two will help them know other things that they have in Christ. The two things are:

 

  1. The Spirit of Wisdom
  2. A revelation knowledge of God

 

These two gifts will enlighten the eye of their hearts to know these other realities of what they have in Christ. Note that blindness to the things of God is in the heart. When the eye of the heart is enlightened, they will know,

 

  1. The hope of their calling
  2. The riches of God’s glorious inheritance in them
  3. The immeasurable greatness of God’s power at work in them—the resurrection power.

 

The knowledge of good things we have from God in Christ must motivate more love for Him. Apostle Paul went on in chapter three of Ephesians,

 

Ephesians 3:14-19, “For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith--that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

 

Apostle Paul also asked God to grant them other gifts. These include the following:

1.      That they will be strengthened with God’s power through His Spirit in their inner being. Strength in our inner being helps us to endure life challenges and temptations without compromising our faithfulness to the Lord.

2.      That Christ will dwell in their hearts through their life of faith.

3.      If they ground themselves in love, they will receive strength through the power of the Holy Spirit to understand the true love of God which passes understanding.

 

Knowledge of the love of God motivates our love for Him. Love for God is the door way to His abiding presence in our lives—the fullness of God in our earthen vessels.

 

Due to the importance of love in the Christian life, let us learn to learn to love God. Then let us allow our love for Him flow to other. God love people so our love for people is an indication that we know Him.

 

According to His glory in Christ Jesus, I pray that God will grant you the ability to live a life of love—not only for God but also for people.

 

Pray this Prayer with me:

Dear Lord, forgive me for my failure to love the way you want me to. Because you have loved my when I did not deserve your love, help me to love other people as you will love them. Help me to live a faith life so Christ will continually dwell in my heart. Let your fullness grow daily in me so I can do all that you have appointed me to do. I ask all these in Jesus name, Amen.

 

Links to other Resources:

Love that Passes Understanding by Francis Boafo  

 Become a Part of God’s Solution  by Francis Boafo

Aspects of Walking in Faith by Francis Boafo

 

Meditation: 

Evaluate your love life. Find where you fall short. Ask God to strengthen you in those areas of failures. Acknowledge some of the areas of your life and life situations where God had shown you His mercy and love. Thank Him for His love and praise Him for them all. 

Ask yourself, “Is there anything in my life preventing me from loving others people?” What can I do to grow in these areas?

 

Memory Verses:

Psalm 25:10, "All the paths of the LORD are steadfast love and faithfulness, for those who keep his covenant and his testimonies."

 

Psalm 63:4, "The LORD is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.”

 

© 2009 by Francis Boafo. All rights reserved.

 

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