“I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” Ephesians 3:17-19.
When I am being a little lazy and I want something to drink, I’ll ask my husband “How much do you love me?” He will answer “With all my heart.” Then he’ll ask, “What do you want?” I’m really not trying to “measure” his affection, besides, there’s no tape measure long enough to gauge love.
That is what Paul is trying to convey in our key verse. God’s love is truly immeasurable. Paul is not trying to put parameters around God’s love, but rather to express the immenseness of it. He is trying to describe the love of God with dimensions that will hopefully help us better understand its vastness.
How high is the love of God? Psalm 103:11 says, “For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His love for those who fear Him.” Man may have climbed to great heights through space exploration, but we have yet to pierce the highest heavens. God’s love exceeds heights man can never reach.
How long is the love of God? Jeremiah 31:3 says, “I have loved you with an everlasting love.” God loved us before time began, and He will continue to love us throughout all eternity. His love for you and me will never end.
How deep is the love of God? Psalm 86:13 says, “For great is Your love toward me; you have delivered me from the depths of the grave.” Our greatest enemy is death, an enemy we ourselves have no hope of defeating. But “Jesus Christ, being in very nature God…made Himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness…humbled Himself…to death” (Philippians 2:6-8, sel.) Jesus Christ stepped from the glory of heaven, and humbled Himself all the way to the depths of the grave for you and me.
How wide is the love of God? John records the death of Jesus: “Carrying His own cross, He went to the place of the Skull. Here they crucified Him” (John 19:17-18) Jesus willingly stretched His arms out to their full span, allowed His hands to be cruelly nailed to the cross and gave His life to save you and me.
Unlike man’s love, God’s love is not an emotion. It is His very essence. You cannot be good enough to make God love you more. You cannot be so bad that God will love you less. God loves you because love is who God is. You will never be able to measure the love of God, but you can trust it and rest in it and share it with others. There is more than enough to go around.