Wrapped in Love

The apostle Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians was that they be “rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that [they] may be filled with all the fullness of God” (Ephesians 3: 17-19). Paul’s beautiful description of God’s love conveys the enormity and the power of God’s love- it is immeasurable and goes beyond mere knowledge about His love; it encompasses actually experiencing and feeling the love of God.

I am reminded of the account in Genesis 37 where Joseph’s father, Jacob, gave him a coat of many colors because he was born to him in his old age; and so, he loved him more than all his brothers. To Joseph, the coat was a constant reminder of his father’s love and favor, and he wore it everywhere. According to Strong’s Concordance, the “coat of many colors” literally means a very wide, full-length tunic with sleeves. Picture Joseph coming to his brothers as they were in the field. The passage tells us that they recognized him from afar off, before he had even come near- he was very visible and recognizable! I imagine this might have been possible because the colorful coat just billowed all around him, reminding his brothers that he was beloved and favored by their father.

Then there is the parable of the prodigal son (Colossians 3), where we read that his father took his best coat and put it on this son after he had returned from his wanderings. The expression “put on” is used a number of times in scripture and literally means to array- having a sense of sinking into a garment. Both sons were literally wrapped in the love of their fathers, and just as they felt the coats envelop them in warm acceptance, we as believers can experience this kind of love from our Heavenly Father:

Jude 21, “Keep ( hold fast) yourselves in the love of God…”

1 John 3:1, ” Behold, what manner of love the Father has bestowed (gave a gift) on us, that we should be called sons of God.”