May Christ through your faith [actually] dwell (settle down, abide, make His permanent home) in your hearts! May you be rooted deep in love and founded securely on love. Ephesians 3:17 (AMPC)
Roots speak of genesis or beginning. Love is our genesis. We began in love for God is love. 1John 4:8, 16. To be rooted in love is to be rooted in God Himself. Just as roots support and uphold the tree, we are supported and upheld by love, by God Himself.
To be deeply rooted, is to be firmly, securely, established. When we are rooted deep, we are stable, immovable. There’s only one place we can be firmly, securely, established – love. This is God’s love for us. Everything God does for us is rooted in His love for us. He created us in love, He redeemed us in love. He continues to relate, walk, and communicate with us in love. Love is the reason, the cause of our being. When we are fully persuaded of and established in the truth of our heavenly Father’s unconditional, unfailing, everlasting love for us nothing can move or shake us.
The first place to get rooted in God’s love is to know this love. We know how much God loves us by looking at what Jesus did for us on the Cross.1 John 4:9-10(NLT) God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. The more we hear and believe what Jesus has done for us, the deeper we are rooted in his love for us. Jesus Himself told us that there’s no greater love than the kind He has for us and showed us in laying down his life for us his friends. John 15:13.
We cannot clearly, accurately, conclusively know and confirm God’s love for us by looking at what’s happening to and around us or what we’re going through.
Romans 8:35, 37. (NLT) Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death?
No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.
To know Christ, who he is to us, who we are in him, what he has done for us is to know God’s love for us and it is to be rooted in love.
To know that he forgave us, freed us and cleansed us from our sins, to know that he has accepted us that he is with us, he is for us, to know that he will never leave us nor forsake us, is to know and be rooted in love- his love for us.