…that ye, being rooted and grounded in love… (Ephesians 3:17, KJV)
As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in him… (Colossians 2:17, KJV)
Rooted – “comes from the Greek word ridzo, which means to be firmly and deeply rooted, making the object fixed, steady, stable, and strong.” (Rick Renner, Sparkling Gems from the Greek)
God is love. (1 John4:8, KJV)
We are to be rooted and grounded in love. Last night at church as we read this scripture the minister asked, “What are we to be rooted and grounded in?” My response, “in Him”. He is love.
Many years ago, the Body of Christ received the revelation of the meaning of the Greek word Christ, the Anointed One and His Anointing. So we began reading our Bibles translating this Greek word.
Christ in you, the hope of glory. (Colossians 1:27, KJV)
The Anointed One and His Anointing in you the hope of glory.
You can’t separate the two. The Anointed One and His Anointing go together, where you find One you find the Other. You can’t think about Jesus apart from His Anointing. You can’t think of the Anointing apart from Jesus.
So here we are told in our scripture from Ephesians to be rooted in love. And in our scripture from Colossians we are told to be rooted in Him. So which One is it? Both, because you can’t separate God from His love or His love from God. He is love.
When we speak of God’s love, we are not speaking of something He has or something He does, we are talking about Who He is. He loves because He is love. As I heard someone put it, He loves because He can’t help Himself. It’s Who He is. His very Essence, His very Being is Love. When we speak of His Presence, it is the Presence of Love Himself.
For in him we live, and move, and have our being… (Acts 17:28, KJV)
He is love. In Love we live and move and have our being. Rooted not only in the fact that He loves us, but rooted in the Love that He is. Rooted in agape, not just the God-kind of love, but in the God Who is Love.
As Christians we are to renew our minds daily, change our way of thinking. The most important change that needs to take place is to always have that fact that God is love and the fact that He loves us and He loves others at the forefront of our minds at all times.
When something bad happens and the enemy tries to accuse God, we will reject that thought because we know Him as He really is. He is love and love would not do that. The thief comes to steal, kill and destroy. Jesus came that we might have abundant life.
When some bad situation arises and the enemy tells us there’s no hope, there’s no way out, we will reject that because we will know there is a way out. My Father loves me and He will show me the way out. His plans for me, Love’s plans for me, are for peace and well-being not for evil (Jeremiah 29:11).
When someone acts ugly and the enemy would have us reject them, we will reject that thought instead of the person and say, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.” We will be free to love with His love. Free to love unconditionally.
We will find ourselves steady, stable and strong in this world, no matter what comes, as we are firmly and deeply rooted… fixed, steady, and stable… strong in Love Himself!