Ephesians 3:16-19, " ... that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height -- to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God."
We may smile at childishness, but the adult world is not much different. The threat of rejection surrounds us—in our relationships, our jobs, our churches, our communities. If we don't measure up, we are often no longer welcome. In stark contrast, we have the Lord's astonishing declaration: "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you" (Heb. 13:5). His message assures us, "My love will never fail. It is trustworthy, dependable, and secure."
Such love is otherworldly. No formula resolves the paradox of a knowledge, knowable, surpassing comprehension, only experience enables us to grasp its measure; absorb its weight; comprehend ' ... what is the width and the length and depth and height'. Indeed, His love "surpasses knowledge" (Eph. 3:19). But still, God is relentless in dispensing it to us.
The width of His love, surpassing the horizons of frailty, failure and promise, "... as far as east is from west ...";
the length of His love, reaching from the prevailing memory, extending to the promise of a future, Jer 29:11, "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope";
the depth of His love, able to draw us from despair, sin and misery to a vision of joy and happiness;
the height of His love, love and grace unparalled, vast and boundless, measureless and incomparable, overflowing and overwhelming the sensibilities and finite understanding of all that is possible by the human mind to be understood;
the surpassing knowledge of the love of God, when words fail to describe and communicate what has been placed upon the heart as it seeks to grasp the immensity of a condescending and redeeming love which is shown for a lost soul, in the giving of Himself to die.
"O love, thou fathomless abyss!"
Though we cannot comprehend, the immensity of the love of Christ, yet we know that he has loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood; Herein is love! and truly it is love that "surpasses knowledge".
Christ and Christ alone ...