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Identity Crisis Week 6- Day 3

Lynn Bettes Identity Crisis Devotional

“That you, being rooted and grounded in love… may have the strength to comprehend…the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge.” Ephesians [3:17]-19

What is the best news you’ve ever received?

I didn’t fully understand it at the time, but for me it was when I learned that the woman who would one day be my wife loved me. They were simple words written in a letter that caught me off-guard (which is a much longer story), but when I read them, I had no idea what that love would mean. I could not imagine the life we now live together, our beautiful daughters, the ministry we share, the constant support, and the willingness to fight for what’s best without forgetting what’s most important.

As good as it is to be loved by my wife, it pales in comparison to being loved by God. When I heard that Christ died for me, I didn’t realize how ugly my sin was. I didn’t fully understand what it cost Him. I didn’t realize He was offering to not only pay my penalty, but also lead me into a life of joy in Him. I didn’t realize He would ruthlessly pull out my broken parts and replace them with new life. I knew so little of His love. Here today, I can say confidently, that I don’t understand the half of it.

If you know God’s love, it’s the best gift you’ve received. Seek the strength to understand and enjoy it.

God, give me strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth of Your love. May I know and experience the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge. Amen.

2 Corinthians 4:7-15