That you may have the power and be strong to apprehend and grasp with all the saints [God’s devoted people, the experience of that love] what is the breadth and length and height and depth [of it]… (Ephesians 3:18, Amplified)
[That you may really come] to know [practically, through experience for yourselves] the love of Christ, which far surpasses mere knowledge [without experience]; that you may be filled… unto all the fullness of God… (Ephesians 3:19, Amplified)
Experience. It’s one thing to know a thing with what we call “head knowledge”, it’s quite another to know a thing by experience. I can know a lot about surfing, but it doesn’t compare to knowing what it’s like to surf by actually riding upon a wave. I knew a lot about falling in love. I think every little girl does. But that knowledge didn’t prepare me for how wonderful the experience would be when I fell in love with my husband.
I heard someone reading Ephesians 3:18-19 yesterday and when they read the words “experience of that love”, so many thoughts flooded my heart. I thought of the book of Acts. A narration of the acts of the apostles done in His Name and through His power. They were not simply the acts of the apostles, but acts of love. God demonstrating His love through the words and hands of men.
I thought of the manifestation of the gifts of the Spirit. Once again, not simply manifestations of His Spirit, but manifestations of His love towards men.
How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him. (Acts 10:38, KJV)
I thought of Jesus, going about doing good, healing all. When people came in contact with Jesus, they came in contact with God’s love and they experienced His love. They were healed. They were fed. They were delivered. They were forgiven. They were made whole. Each one had an experience with His love.
Jesus said to the man delivered of demons, “Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee” (Mark 5:19, KJV). This man not only knew God’s love, He experienced God’s love.
I teach classes on healing and classes on love and I am more determined than ever that people who take these classes will not just gain head knowledge of God’s love for them, but in each class experience that love. And not only in a class setting, I pray that when others come in contact with me at the mall, at the gas station, in the grocery stores, that more and more people experience His love through me.
The Bible speaks of ambassadors for Christ. We are ambassadors of the One Who is love. Become one through whom this world can experience His love.