“I pray that out of his glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and grounded 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 with the very nature of God.” ~~ Eph 3:16-19
We learn from this passage that the Spirit of God dwells within us in our inner most being. Not the superficial place our ego arises from, that place of pain, desire, fear, and self-importance.
No, the Spirit dwells in our inner being, and that is where Christ comes to us.
And what is Christ? Christ is love, a love so deep and wide that we cannot even understand it. It is a love that through the weakness of the cross proved God’s strength and power. It is indescribable, without example in our world.
And when we turn toward the Christ, and accept this love, our inner being filled Spirit grows in love. If we allow this gracious gift to come to us, and then to grow in us, we may approach the very nature of God.
Thus we learn that God is this love, so perfected, so beyond our human understanding. Such a gift!
During this Lenten time, we meditate on the freely given gift of Christ, His complete kenosis of love poured out for all. Can we even contemplate such love? No, truthfully we cannot, but we can offer our meagre love, as much as we can conceive of it, uniting in our inner-being selves, in a knowing way, with that love of which we cannot fully grasp.
We can cling to that which is mystery to us still, confident that in the effort alone, God works within us to perfect us and bring us more fully within his embrace.