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with ourselves. Of all the lies we tell, the ones we tell ourselves are the most deadly. 3. Love:“…that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have power, together with all the Lord's holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God” (Eph 3 :17-19). that is different and divine in me? Does the world know I am a disciple of Christ by the way I love?” Strive to get a 'yes' answer. “Do ordinary things with extraordinary love,” said Mother Teresa. Let us make it our lifestyle. 4. A Christ-centered life: “So then, just as you received Christ as Lord, continue to live your lives in Him, rooted and built up in Him” (Col 2:6). We will focus only on three things here. a) Living our lives in Him. We received Christ Jesus as the Lord of our lives. The story does not end there. We must continue to live our lives in Him. He must be our everything. He must own us completely. He must be our Master. “For to me to live is Christ and to die is gain,” said Paul (Phil 1:21). We must have no other passion in life being totally sold out for Him. He wants us either all or none. Behave like His gloves, totally pliable to Him. In other words, unless we learn to go out of the way to love people, especially the unlovables, we will neither be able to understand the dimensions of the love of Christ nor be filled with the fullness of God. This kind of rooting and grounding in effusive love is very much lacking today. That's why Christians have become the laughing stock of the world. The lack of love among Christians is ubiquitous and obvious. That's why Jesus said, “A new commandment I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are My disciples, if you love one another” (Jn 13 : 34,35). This has a message for us. Unless we love one another the way Jesus loved us when we were dirty sinners, we will not be able to understand the four dimensional love of Christ which is, “Wide, wide as the ocean, high as the heavens above, deep deep as the deepest sea.” Let us fall prostrate at God's feet and weep and beg that He may fill us with His love with which we may love our family, friends, neighbours, coworkers, others and enemies. We are a bad testimony to the world in the love aspect. Ask yourself, “Does the world see a love b) Rooted in Him. The deeper the root goes the harder it will be to pull out the plant. It is “taking root” as Isaiah puts it (37:31). You have seen roots holding on to rocks. That's how Paul was rooted in Christ and could say, “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?” (Rom 8:35). Can we say that? c) Built up in Him. This speaks about fellowship. Christianity is not a loner's religion. We are “fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief corner stone, in whom the whole building being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord…”(Eph 2:19, 21). We must live in close fellowship with other saints of God. Start with family brother, sister, father, mother, husband, wife, in-laws, aunts, cousins… in the Church, neighbours. Only then we can be a holy temple. Or else we will be a dilapidated shed. 5. Sweet root: “See to it that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many” (Heb | March 2020 | Page 08