Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

Praying for Stength to Love

For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. (Ephesians 3:14-18)

I love the way this prayer begins to end with Paul asking God for strength to comprehend the love of Christ. Here is the way that the Greek is translated:
exischuō: to have full strength, that is, be entirely competent; be able.
I think that it takes spiritual strength to comprehend God's love. Sacrificial love simply does not make sense to our minds.. especially when the sacrifice is for the sake of an enemy. I think this is why we need spiritual strength to comprehend this kind of love.

Father we ask you to open our eyes to the pain of our enemies and give us strength to comprehend Your love for them. Give us hearts of compassion for them.


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