He loves me. He loves me. He loves me. Understanding His love is will produce fruit of God’s Spirit in our life. We can be rooted in the love of Christ, anchored in Him, supported by Him. Deep roots = firm foundations.
…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 Eph. 3:14-19.
Being Rooted and Grounded in love
The word translated “grounded” here represents a strong foundation. There is no fruit unless the plant is properly rooted. We are rooted by faith in God, God’s forgiveness, God’s presence and His promises.
Without proper nourishment, fruit will not grow. The roots do not show, we see the fruit. God wants them to exhibit spiritual fruit by branching out in love to others.
Get the Concordance and look up the passages on gardens, trees, flowers, grass, etc., and see how wonderful the parallels are. He is the Vine we are the branches. Rooted and grounded is yielding and obeying.
A Christian’s foundation is built upon the love of Christ. Jesus summarized the law of God in two commands:
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart
and with all your soul and with all your mind.
This is the first and greatest commandment.
And the second is like it:
Love your neighbor as yourself.
On these two commandments
depend all the law and the prophets.”
Love has been the theme of poems, stories, plays and movies, but the world suffers from the lack of it. What the world calls “love” is usually a romantic feeling between a man and a woman, although even people in the world understand loving children. The Greeks had many kinds of love and a different word for each of them. The world’s focus on love is as something we ‘get’ more than give. The love of the fruit of the Spirit is self-sacrificing.
God loved us in the womb; He loved us while we were yet sinners (Romans 6:8). There is not one thing we can do, more or less, to make Him love us more or less!
God is an awesome God of love ready, willing, and able to provide for all our needs. He takes great delight in meeting our needs and showing us love. Many times we are so focused on our needs we lose our focus of His rich love for us.
God desires intimacy with us. God holds us accountable for what we say and do; it’s an expression of His perfect love. It takes tremendous vision to comprehend the depth of God’s love, just as it takes a huge telescope to begin to comprehend the size of the universe. God placed His love in each of us. He created us to love Him and to be loved by Him.
Christ Came to Show the Father’s Love
Christ showed the ultimate love by example through His sacrifice. This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him?
My Grandmother was a portrait of self-sacrificing love and had a huge impact on my life. You can read about her here.
When Mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy. When I’m walking in my unloving flesh, our entire household is out of whack. It’s like a domino effect. I can still serve my family and complete all my household duties, but if it’s done selfishly, without love it’s worthless as clanging cymbals. 1 Corinthians 13:1-3
Bearing the Fruit of Love
The way we can express our love to God is through obedience and by being compassionate and forgiving toward others just as He has forgiven us. We show love, not in words, but in actions.
Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth. 1 John 3:16-18
If you love me, you will keep my commandments…Whoever has my commandments and observes them is the one who loves me. And whoever loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and reveal myself to him…”Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words; yet the word you hear is not mine but that of the Father who sent me. John 14:15, 21, 23, 24
A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:34-35
Every opportunity we take to love others honors the Lord and draw us closer to Him. Seek God though prayer and Bible study. Nothing else in life will change your life the way the living Vine will. Only through the Vine’s nourishment can we dwell and to walk in love. Love will conquer our selfishness. Be the branch and the Vine will give you the indwelling power to be self-sacrificing, to over come sin and unbelief and produce good fruit.
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Do you doubt God’s love for you? Do you ever question His love? Ask Him to reveal to you the depths of his love for you.
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