The Gift Wrap of Grace

“And I pray that you, being rooted and established 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.” – Ephesians 3:17b-18The Gift Wrap of Grace

Grace is God’s glorious gift of eternal life given to us by faith, despite our entirely undeserving nature.  Incredibly, He goes far beyond that – by His love, He grants us power together with the body of believers, to begin to unwrap the magnitude of the miracle found in the love of God.

Paul unpacks the totality of God’s love for us in this portion of his letter to the church of Ephesus.

‘God’s love is wide – it reaches out to every corner of the world.

God’s love is long – it lasts through the entire length of our lives.

God’s love is high – it remains present, celebrating beside us, our every victory in Him.

God’s love is deep – even when we are discouraged, in the depths of despair, or facing death, He remains with us, holding our hands and heart in His love.’

(paraphrased from NIV Study Bible footnotes)

So what does this mean for us?  Each of us who call on His Name, and by faith, have given our heart and placed our trust in His hands, are granted the immeasurable gift of God’s great love for us that is the “wrapping” around our very lives.  As we lay hold of His gifts, and allow them to envelop our very being, we are empowered to pass them along.  For God’s gifts are given so that they too, might be given away for the sake of salvation and the building of the body of believers.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for Your great gift of grace that grants us entry into eternity with You.  Thank You that as we learn to embrace Your grace, (the gifts You have freely given, though we deserve them not) You unwrap the layers of Your lasting love  for us, in all things and at all times.  Forgive us for setting aside the “wrappings” rather than really allowing our hearts and minds to be enveloped in the full expanse of Your eternal love for each of us.  May every heart embrace Your good gifts, and then in turn, give them away, so that others too, may come to know Your love and Your nearness, both now and forevermore.  Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present

4 Comments

  1. How beautifully you captured the power of grace and God’s far-reaching love. Amen to asking God’s forgiveness for “setting aside the wrappings…” Lord, help us to dwell in Your embrace.

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