It is impossible to measure something that has no limits. We cannot know something that is beyond human knowledge. So, Paul is praying for Christians to understand something that no human mind can ever understand. He wants them to realise how great Christís love is for them. Christís love for his people is beyond anything that our minds can even imagine. However, Godís Holy Spirit can show it to our spirits (1 Corinthians 2:9-12).
Perhaps we first become aware of the greatness of that love when we become Christians. God loves all people (John 3:16); at the death of Christ, he showed his love for us, although we have done many wrong and evil things (Romans 5:6-8). However, it is not enough for us only to know these things as facts. Godís love must enter our hearts by the action of the Holy Spirit (Romans 5:5). In other words, we need the experience of Godís love, which the Holy Spirit gives to us.
Christís love for his people is continuous; nothing can separate them from that love (Romans 8:35-39). It is Christís love that gives them the strength to serve God through all their experiences in life (2 Corinthians 12:9-10).
It astonishes us to know that God, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, can be present in our lives (John 14:23; Romans 8:11). God, whose home is above the heavens, is also present in the lives of his people (2 Chronicles 6:18; Isaiah 57:15). God fills all things (1:23) Ė but he desires to fill his people with himself. In other words, God desires to have the closest possible relationship with them (Hebrews 10:19-22).
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