Although this text is most commonly associated with weddings Paul’s instruction here is not limited to how husbands and wives ought to love one another. In this chapter Paul is laying out a definition of love that is meant to be applied not only to how believers relate to their spouses but in all their relationships.
Imagine a community of people that all functioned with this phrase as their motto: “Let no one seek his own good, but the good of his neighbor.” Imagine how radically different that type of community would look in a world that trumpets “do what makes you happy.” Community isn’t easy, we are different people coming together with different backgrounds, different personalities, different perspectives. The only way we are ever going to be the church community that God desires us to be is by living lives that have as their goal God’s glory and our neighbours good.
In Ephesians 3:14-21 Paul prays an incredible prayer over this church that he loves. He cries out to God to strengthen them, to dwell in their hearts through faith, to root and establish them in His love in order that they would be “filled with the measure of all the fulness of God.”
Why is that dangerous? Because a body of believers, built up in the truth of the gospel, filled with the Holy Spirit such that they are filled with the measure of all the fulness of God” is a church that is dangerous. It’s the type of church that makes the Devil nervous because it’s the type of church against which the gates of Hell won’t prevail. It’s the type of church our region, our province, our nation needs. Lets pray God would make us that type of church.