Ephesians 3:14-19 (JDV)
Ephesians 3:14 In favor of this, I kneel before the Father
Ephesians 3:15 from whom every family in the sky and on the land is named.
Ephesians 3:16 I pray that he may grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with power in your inner human through his Breath,
Ephesians 3:17 and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. I pray that you, being rooted and firmly established in care,
Ephesians 3:18 may be able to comprehend with all the devotees what is the length and width, height and depth …
Ephesians 3:19 and to know Christ’s care that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
care’s root and fruit
Paul is reacting to the concern and care (ἀγάπη) that the believers in Ephesus are already showing him. He prays that this care, which they are already rooted and grounded in, will be strengthened by the Sacred Breath – empowered by the third person of the Holy Trinity. He prays that the root of God’s care which they are already showing will produce the fruit of Christlike care in its blossom. When that happens, they will experience the fullness of God.
Lord, strengthen us internally, so that we can demonstrate Christ’s care in all we do.