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 strengthenedwith 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 strengthto 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.
Both Greek words, translated here as strength in vv16,18, carry a sense of bringing vigor and competency to the believer. It is an equipping through the power of the Spirit to enable us to utilize the fullness of God entirely.
There is a painting, hanging in front of me as I write. An expressive scene of the ruins of an Irish monastery as one looks out towards several high crosses on the banks of a river. Exquisite detail, beautiful lights, and shadows, a moving scene, painted by a master of his craft. Bob Todd had the competency to utilize the talents he had been given.
Likewise, the Spirit empowers, enables me to apply the love of Christ to every aspect of my life so that it will tell the story of the love of the LORD, God, the Almighty as it redeems and restores me.
Today's readings in the Psalms:
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