“And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep His love is! May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully.” With these words, Paul continues his prayer for the saints at Ephesus.
So big is God’s love, that Paul uses four dimensions to describe it, rather than our usual three. It is wide, wider than all the earth; it is long, longer lasting than any age or empire or civilization, or all of them put together; it is high, reaching higher than the highest heaven; and it is deep, deeper than the deepest sea, reaching beyond the lowest depth of hell.
Paul prays that we would be able to understand this, as all God’s people should. Further, he prays that we would experience God’s great love, although no one can ever understand it fully. As God’s people, we who have experienced His abundant, undeserved, all powerful love, will begin to understand that there is no place so deep in sin, no place so far astray, that God’s love cannot reach. There is no soul beyond the reach of God’s love. Our compassion for others will grow, our desire that they too, may experience this amazing love. “We love,” the apostle John tells us, “because He first loved us.”
No, we cannot grasp the amazing love of God. But we do experience it. And as we experience it, we begin to understand something of its immensity. And we begin to hope and pray and work that others, too, may experience the love of God.