This is a translation of a scriptural meditation from the Russian book, “Day by Day”:
Scripture: “To know the love of Christ, which surpasses knowledge” (Eph: 3, 19)
"Do not say that you cannot believe that which you do not understand. Within ourselves there is a quality which surpasses all knowledge and which no mind can encompass. This is something unexplainable, something that elevates us above our own power of reasoning, which opens to our soul an entire world which is inaccessible to our rational mind. Primarily, we do not understand the peace of God or the love of Christ – both are accessible only through our faith. Our rational mind does not accept this; how can one have peace when one is surrounded by turmoil, discord, confusion and commotion? How can a person, in his insignificance, in his sinfulness, be subject to God’s love? But peace and Christ’s love come upon us – how and in which way, we do not know – but we feel their beneficent effect.
"We know that His peace fills our soul when we remain firm and calm amid the storms of life. Our longing for Him reveals to us His power of attraction. We love Him because “He first loved us” (1 John: 4, 19), and our desire to know Him, our ardent desire to be with Him, Who has conquered the world, proves that He is close to us. His love, coming down into our sinful soul, transforms it, and warmed by the rays of this love, our soul matures for eternity. Then through our humility and faith we will be able to “know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge”.
These are several quotes from Lewis on this subject:
“By Faith we believe always what we hope hereafter to see always and perfectly and have already seen imperfectly and by flashes. In relation to the philosophical premises a Christian’s faith is of course excessive: in relation to what is sometimes shown him, it is perhaps just as often defective. My faith even in an earthly friend goes beyond all that could be demonstratively proved; yet in another sense I may often trust him less than he deserves.” (“God in the Dock”, I, 21)
“Taken by a literalist, [Jesus] will always prove the most elusive of teachers. Systems cannot keep up with that darting illumination. No net less wide than a man’s whole heart, nor less fine of mesh than love, will hold the sacred Fish.” (“Reflections on the Psalms”, Ch. XI).
“Christ did not die for men because they were intrinsically worth dying for, but because He is intrinsically love, and therefore loves infinitely” (“Miracles”, ch. VII).
“Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. Love does not demand its own way. Love is not irritable, and it keeps no record of when it has been wronged. It is never glad about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. Love will last forever.” (1 Corinthians 13: 4-8)