Love That Surpasses Knowledge

January 27, 2017 | Tags: ,

16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

Ephesians 3:16-19 NIV

I listened to Dr. Charles Stanley’s sermon on prayer not too long ago. He talked much about the importance of prayer and how a praying man or women on his or her knees makes the devil shake to the core of his being. The message was inspiring and edifying, but I took away something in addition to his teaching on prayer. I took away a side comment he had made about preachers who preach out of a deep love of their Savior Jesus. This type of preaching is way different than one who simply preaches the knowledge of the Scriptures. A spiritually discerning person can tell the difference. And that difference is like night and day.

I can tell you a lot about the Bible. Though no Bible scholar certainly, I’ve studied enough to be able to give you all sorts of information and knowledge on the Scriptures. But it doesn’t matter a hill of beans if I don’t have a deep love of Jesus myself to go along with the knowledge I can teach. If I’m not walking with Jesus out of obedience and deep devotion, if I’m not experiencing a relationship with Him or knowing Him as He carries me along in the struggles of my life, my knowledge is pretty worthless to you. There will be nothing behind it but facts. You can learn facts in math class. I’m not about giving you facts. I’m about teaching the Bible while walking in the love of Christ myself. Only then, if God allows me, am I able to do what I do in women’s ministry.

Jesus wants to show us love that surpasses knowledge. He wants us to know things about Him, then He wants us to experience those things with Him. That is the love of Christ. Love that surpasses knowledge. Is that what you are experiencing today? Or do you just know a few facts about Jesus from the Bible? It is my prayer today that you both know and experience His great love for you. And my dear friend, it is great love indeed.

By Courtney Silberman

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