Looking Beyond to See God’s Goodness and Love

In the last verses of Ephesians chapter 3 Paul relays his absolute belief that the Lord is able to do great things, over and above what his people ask of him as their God:

Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. (Eph 3.20-21)

The most startling thing about these comments are that Paul wrote them from prison, a dark and gloomy Roman prison. The hard stone walls of the prison and the oppressive atmosphere of suffering and torture surrounding him were not enough to dampen Paul’s trust in the Lord. Paul looks beyond his suffering to the goodness of God and the divine’s love for his creation and there the apostle sees something to live for, something he wants his readers to experience also. It is important to Paul that his readers (including us today) experience the relational walk with God that transforms lives.

I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. (Eph 4.1-3)

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