Rooted In Love Part 3 By Teresa Fields
Ephesians 3:17 (AMPC):
May Christ through your faith [actually] dwell (settle down, abide, make His permanent home) in your hearts! May you be rooted deep in love and founded securely on love…
Christ wants to dwell and settle down in our hearts to have a permanent home in each believer! This is accomplished as we make our heart a place that is suitable for Him to occupy. We have to cooperate with the working of the Holy Spirit to cleanse us from old ways of thinking and feeling and responding.
It is truly a blessing that we can spend time in the Word of God, learning His thoughts and His ways, and it changes us from the inside to become more like Him! As each one of us is fashioned and molded into His likeness, He can occupy more of each believer’s heart and live through him.
Jesus was our example of the Father expressing Himself through His Son while He lived in human form on this earth. He maintained a constant fellowship with the Father through prayer and listening closely to everything the Father told Him to say and do. Notice the word ‘abide’ in the Amplified version of this verse. Abide in Webster’s 1828 dictionary means to rest or dwell in a certain place. It also means to remain and continue. We can see in the four Gospels that Jesus demonstrated how to rest, dwell, remain, and continue in fellowship with His Heavenly Father.
In John 15, Jesus calls Himself the True Vine and says that we are the branches. In the Amplified version of verse four, He teaches us to, Dwell in Me, and I will dwell in you. [Live in Me, and I will live in you.] Webster mainly describes dwell as living as a permanent resident. This does not mean being in a place temporarily, but for a long time. We must learn to abide and dwell in Jesus and in God Our Father through daily times of seeking Him and listening to His voice. Being a living branch on this living Vine means that we have roots in Jesus and we are firmly planted, abiding and remaining part of Him, just as He is living and abiding in us.
Ephesians 3:18-19 in the NLT gives us the purpose and the result of being rooted in God’s Love: That you may …have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep His love is. And that you may …experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God. The New King James translation of verse 19 says that we are to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
We are gradually coming to know the love of Christ as we learn to dwell in Him and put our roots down deep in His love. As we progress in this understanding of our precious Savior, we are being filled more and more with the fullness of God’s Life and His Person. In other words, we are becoming just like Jesus! In the next blog, we will discover several scriptures that describe this wonderful, amazing Love that God has for us.
Be Planted In His Love,