Jonathan's Perspective  

Jan 29

‘Experiencing God’s Love’

What does it mean when you say you know someone? You can know what they look like – color of hair and eyes, height, facial features, etc.  You can know what they sound like or smell like.  Someone can even be known by their fingerprints.  But, there is a difference between being able to pick someone out of a line-up and knowing them as a person.  All the Romance languages make a distinction in how you can know someone.  I remember learning the difference between ‘saber’ and ‘conocer’ when I studied Spanish.  To ‘saber’ something is to know what it is . To ‘conocer’ someone is to know who they are – their interests, passions, dreams, fears, hang-ups, and hangouts.

That is what Paul was getting at when he wrote, ‘I pray that you…know this love that surpasses knowledge.’ (Eph 3:19) That sounds like an oxymoron, but it isn’t.  Paul is saying that there is so much more than just knowing about God’s love. You must experience God’s love!  God is not interested in having you know facts about Him - how He spoke through the prophets and what He did in the early church.  God wants to know you and be known by you.  Like any relationship, there is a moment of putting yourself out there, making yourself vulnerable to another in hopes of something special.  It is an act of trust and hope.  God has already made the first step.  He put himself out there for you. God didn’t send His Son into the world to let us know He exists, but to forgive us and draw us into a profoundly healing relationship.  The only question left is: will you trust God enough to enter into His world and ‘know the love that surpasses knowledge.’

Blessings,

Jonathan

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