AGAPE Love

The Holy Spirit empowers us to grow in our understanding of AGAPE love.  Read Ephesians 3:16-19.  When I graduated from high school at the age of 18, I felt I had learned everything there was to know about school subjects.  I had enrolled in college and was going to go out to conquer the world.  In my first week of college, I came to the realization that I didn’t know very much at all.  I was just beginning to understand how much I really didn’t know.  Everything I was learning was new and unexplored territory.  When I started ministry, I wanted to win the world for Jesus Christ but I did not have the same arrogance as when I was 18 years old.  I did not know my Bible.  All I knew is that God called me to preach the gospel and love people.  Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians and for us is that we may know the vastness of God’s love.  There have been several times during my ministry when I felt I was beginning to understand this love and all its vastness, only to discover I was still only exploring a small part of God’s love.  God’s love is higher and deeper and longer and wider than we can even begin to comprehend, yet we strive toward it.  Paul’s prayer is that we be rooted in the love of Jesus Christ and that as we grow in faith, we also grow in love.  The Holy Spirit is our helper to strengthen us with faith and love.  The Holy Spirit comes into the inner being of the Christian to help transform us into the likeness of Jesus. 

Come Holy Spirit, expand our knowledge of your love.  Increase our faith.  Strengthen our inner being.  Fill us and lead us to be witnesses in this broken world.  Amen.
 
Pastor Tony Alstott

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