Grounded in Love
A Sermon on Ephesians 3:17
so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, (ESV)
What is to be foundational to a Christian’s life? Out of all the traits that believers are to be aiming for, what is one of the most important, key characteristics that is supposed to define a follower of Jesus? The answer is love, and in this sermon from Ephesians 3:17, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones explains why this is the case. Paul wrote that Christians are to be rooted and grounded in love, and thus, this love must be foundational to a Christian’s life. The higher a building is, the deeper and stronger its foundation must be, and the same is true with our lives. Building this foundation takes time, and as The Doctor reminds us, there are no shortcuts in the spiritual life. One of the ways to grow in this area is in how we relate to God. If we only think of God in intellectual ways, we will never experience the fullness of the riches of knowing Him, and it is this that He intended to naturally flow out into our other relationships. How important is love to a believer’s life? A distinctive that sets Christians apart from nonbelievers is that we are called to love our enemies, and thus, love plays a vital role in our witness to unbelievers. It also has an impact on how we handle the circumstances of life because if we are rooted in Christ’s love, we are resting in His sovereignty and plan for the world.