Ah, a grand heart-enlarging lesson from the ever dear book of Ephesians. In 3:17-19 we read of being rooted and grounded in LOVE – not knowledge. How I long to know that love and be enabled to freely display it in my life. Love will cover the multitude of sins; knowledge can only put the sins under scrutiny. It was the vast love of God which covered my sins. But this love passes knowledge. I no longer take this to mean that the knowledge of such love is beyond our ability to grasp or understand. The context would teach otherwise. No, I believe it to mean that this love, God’s love, passes knowledge in that it is superior to knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up but love displays charity; charity edifieth. Knowledge is not equally attainable by all but love and the demonstration thereof is. Love is the great equalizer in cross-cultural ministry. If we were to be rooted and grounded in knowledge, there would always be those unable to attain that grounding regardless of culture or ethnicity.
In the words of the great hymn, “The love of God is greater far than tongue or pen can ever tell; it goes beyond the highest star, and reaches to the lowest hell.” Praise God for His love “so rich and pure; so measureless and strong.” Imagine the heady mess if God’s knowledge were the measure of His fullness. But stooping in love is the greater measure of godliness. Ephesians 1:4, “That we should be holy and with out blame before him [the king of love] in LOVE.” Rich lesson this early morning.