Grounded in Love
17 Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong.
1 Corinthians 12:13
13 Some of us are Jews, some are Gentiles, some are slaves, and some are free. But we have all been baptized into one body by one Spirit, and we all share the same Spirit.
14 You are my friends if you do what I command.
The roots of a believer should not be a mystery. Christ’s love for each of us should be known, experienced, and shared.
My childhood is not anything to brag about, but it is one that I am proud to share. As a child, my home was filled with destruction, despair and darkness. I talk about my past and am proud of it because it shows the change that only faith in Christ can bring. Often, I am asked how did I escape a broken home, my answer is Christ’s love.
When I was a 16-year-old high school student a classmate shared the gospel with me, which lead to my repentance and placing my faith in Jesus. From that moment my heart has been filled with the love of Christ. It is a love that is immeasurable and ever abundant! It is a love that is described in the Scripture and is experienced in the life of all believers.
Paul speaks to our faith being rooted and grounded in love. Take a moment and enjoy nature, see how the flowers and trees thrive. As the flowers and trees desire fertile rich soil to flourish, so does our life. Christ has provided us the opportunity to plant our roots in the richest most fertile soil possible, his love!
Chapter 15 of John contrasts our life whether it be rooted in Christ or not. A branch in and by itself is alone and dead, producing nothing, only withering away. A branch growing from the love of Christ bears fruit that can be experienced personally and shared publicly, as it was shared with me as a high school student.
Questions to Ponder
Where are your roots grounded?
Scripture Memory | May | Ephesians 4:15
“Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church.”