You were made for love. It is a need that is deeply planted into every human being by God. From that need we search, we crave, we manipulate, we push and we pull. We will often suffer shame and indignity in our desperate pursuit of love, and in the end, the need remains unsatisfied. Finally, we settle for what passes for love, or we settle for no love at all, having finally tired of the chase.
But oh, there is a love. The very love we were made for. The only love that will finally cause our heart to rest from it’s pursuit. It is God’s desire that you know this love.
The Apostle Paul understood that there is a vast love, a deep love, a love that comes from the very heart of the One who made you for love. One of the richest prayers I find in scripture is his prayer for the saints at Ephesus (Ephesians 3:16-21). Before we read his prayer, we need to settle something.
“All scripture is God-breathed…” (2 Timothy 3:16). The prayer that Paul prayed for the Ephesians was from the breath of God.
“I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”
A God breathed prayer for us, to put an end to our searching for the Love we were created for.
“…being rooted and established in love…”. Think redwood, think 100 year old oak. Imagine their roots, and the earth moving equipment it would take to uproot them. You have been rooted in the love of God, and there is nothing that can pull you up out of it.
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. ” Romans 8:38-39
You have been established in love. This means that the love of God is your foundation. Everything in your life now rests on, and is built on His love. From it comes the mercies you receive, the grace, the comfort, the strength and yes, even the trials. In all of it, love came first. Your life rests upon the love of God.
“…to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ…”. This love that you were made for has no dimensions and is without an end. It is not a small love, a limited love or a fleeting love. It is a wide open, down deep love that goes on and on and on.
“…I have loved you with an everlasting love…” Jeremiah 31:3
“and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God“. It is a love that goes far beyond what we know to be love, and He wants you to know it…feel it, understand it, experience it and be filled with it, filled with Him.
A prayer breathed by God and full of His desire that you stop searching for a love that will satisfy your heart. He is the only One who has that kind of love for you. He has loved you first, loved you always and loved you completely. It is the same love that took Him to the cross, compelling Him to give His life for yours.
That’s the love you were made for.