Yesterday I was going over time and again the Apostle Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians, that they would be rooted and grounded in love.
For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory
- he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being,
- so that Christ may dwell in your heart through faith—that you,
- being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to
- comprehend what is the breadth and length and height and depth,
- and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge,
- that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. (Ephesians 3:14-19)
When we are rooted and grounded in love, our life will display the fruit of the Spirit and the qualities of Christian living, all to the glory of God (see Colossians 3:12-15).
Listening to a broadcast with Beth Moore in the evening, she elaborated on this theme, speaking of the importance of the soil in which the tree is planted. It has to be soft, so that the roots can penetrate and grow.
My assistant Cristina has made a tree to show the fruit you will display when you are rooted and grounded in love. I will include here all the different components. You can find the instructions for this tree in MX1414.wordpress.com/A Tree of Love
This morning I received a very important call from one of the teachers that receives my teaching materials. To protect her privacy I will not mention the country or any detailed information. But a brief recount of our more than one-hour call may help someone.
I will call her Maria.
Maria was sad because the relation with her husband is deteriorating. They have talked about splitting up, and have even made a plan about what to do with the children. This was a very sad notice for me, and I felt especially sad for the children. Any rupture in a marriage has very sad consequences.
My responsibility was to give her godly council. What should Maria do? Go ahead with the splitting? In no way, shape or form! I had the inspiration to tell Maria that she should start treating her husband as if he were Jesus. If Jesus walked in his shoes, how would she treat him? Of course, the first step was to swallow her pride!
I reminded Maria about how Jesus humbled himself, and was obedient to go to the cross. We are instructed to have the same mindset. When I was a young wife I also went through some rocky times. I attended a women’s Bible study where we learned to silently treat our husband as a king. We were not supposed to talk about anything we learned, just put it to practice! It worked. Kindness always works!
As we went on talking I told Maria about the Tree of Love, about being rooted and grounded in love. It’s one of the teaching aids I have on my home page, so she knew about it. Maria is going to print a big copy and put it on the wall, just like I have a copy on my wall. It is a sure reminder of what our lives should be, a tree full of the fruit of the Spirit.
After the long conversation with Maria she already had ideas in her head of what she is going to do. She and I are the kind of people who get bombarded with ideas!
Maria’s husband has not yet committed his life to Christ. Maria will show in action what the love of Christ looks like. She is probably in for a roller coaster ride. I warned her it might not be easy, but I am positive that there will be good results. God is a repairer and healer. He is not a destroyer but a restorer. He wants to mend what is broken.
Maybe if you have something going on in your life that is difficult and upsetting, try the approach of acting like Jesus would. How would he handle the situation? You might have seen the bracelet with WWJD. What Would Jesus Do? Ask him! I do it all the time. I have some things I’m debating about, and I ask him daily what he would do.
This is my greeting for the day. I hope you can take away something useful. Whoever it is that rubs you the wrong way, think about how you would treat the person if she was Jesus. Be rooted and grounded in love!
I’m excited about following Maria, to see the healing God will bring in her marriage. When we finished the phone call she sounded like a different person and she was ready to start practicing some new ideas that had popped in her head. When her husband comes home tonight, I know someone who is going to greet him with a smile. Who knows? Maybe he’ll get his favorite dinner!
Use this tree as a visual reminder of the fruit that God wants to reproduce in the lives of his children. Print the tree and put it in a strategic place in your home or classroom. Use it to teach about love. The deeper you are rooted in God’s love, the stronger and healthier your life will be.
Choose from this different options:
If you use this in the Autumn, the leaves can be colored in beautiful fall colors.
Big tree of love love-tree-big-co
Glue both pages together to make a big poster.
Big tree of love for coloring love-tree-big-bw
Two trees per sheet love-tree-2-pag-co
Two trees per sheet for coloring love-tree-2-bw
Bookmarks for coloring love-tree-bookmarks
Here is a blank tree. Children can fill in words themselves about love and acting lovingly. They can draw pictures in the leaves instead of writing words. The tree can also be used as an attendance booster. A child will color a leaf for each time she comes to class.