…the breadth and length and height and depth,
and to know the love of Christ
which surpasses knowledge
Ephesians 3:18-19 NASB
“Deep As It Is Wide” written by Eric Paslay.
Performed by Amy Grant, Eric Paslay & Sheryl Crow
How Mercy Looks From Here album by Amy Grant.
By David Cook
When I was young I attended Vacation Bible School and sang a song called “Deep & Wide”. The song was about a fountain flowing deep and wide. I really didn’t comprehend what the song was about. A water fountain? Hard to say, but hey; I liked the song anyway.
We sang that we could plunge right in and lose your sin in the fountain that is flowing deep and wide. As I grew older I began to comprehend more of what the song was really about.
In the sanctuary we sang a song in the Hymnal called “There Is a Fountain Filled with Blood.” The fountain filled with blood flowed from Emmanuel’s veins; and us sinners can plunge beneath that flood to lose all our guilty stains.
God loved us so much that He sent His own Son Jesus to die on a cross for our sins. Jesus allowed His own blood to flow so that we could be redeemed by His blood. God’s Son paid for the penalty of all of our sins with His own blood. So now we can be completely forgiven of our sins and began a relationship with God our Father in heaven.
For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name, 16 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love,18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:14-19 NASB
“If I Stand” performed by Rich Mullins
Once in a while we hear something that deeply challenges the beliefs that we hold tightly about ourselves, others or even beliefs we hold about God. Sometimes our beliefs are true, sometimes our beliefs are skewed. Sometimes our beliefs are only slightly skewed other times we may well be holding onto false presuppositions.
Sometimes we need a shift in our thinking based on new light, based on the truth. Sometimes we need a paradigm shift in our thinking. Today may well be that day.
This talk by Brennan Manning on God’s unconditional love and mercy may well challenge some of your beliefs about yourself, others and God. For some of you this talk will only reinforce the truth you already hold onto but it may well help you look at it in a fresh new way.
“Be who you is,
cause if you ain’t who you is,
you is who you ain’t.”