Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love?

Rom. 8:31-39 NLT
   31 What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? 32 Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else? 33 Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one—for God himself has given us right standing with himself. 34 Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us. 
   35  Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? 36 (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”) 37 No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. 
   38  And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans Chapter 8 has to be one of the most packed-full box of sweets that the Bible contains. Verse one reminded me that I am free from any and all condemnation. Verse 28 reminded me that all the things I face have a purpose in God's will and they all converge in a greater Good somewhere sometime, regardless of how difficult they seem at a point in time. Now we see in verse 31 the wonderful truth that because God is for us, no opposition we might ever face should ever disturb us for it is nothing in comparison to God's support.  Verse 34 brings us back to the truth that we are beyond condemnation when we are in Christ. Verse 37 tells us that we have overwhelming victory!

Then there is verse 38-- Oh thank you Lord Jesus for having Paul write verse 38! Paul gives us a list of horrendous forces: angels, demons, fears, worries, powers of hell, powers from the sky or the earth, etc. He says that nothing in creation can ever separate us from God's love of those, not one nor all of them can possibly separate you or me from the Love of Christ. That love has been forever cast upon us. And we have accepted it--at least for now we are accepting of it. I shudder to think that some in the body of Christ could choose to separate themselves from Him. God won't let go of them easily but when they choose to turn back into self and sin, they risk a terrible risk. I don't know, for sure, if that could happen but the Word seems to suggest it so I know just one thing. I don't want to risk that risk. I want to remain in prayer that God will help me to stay strong in His love and His will. How about you?
Your servant in Christ's love

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