One of the greatest revelations a Jesus follower can have is the answer to this question asked by Paul – “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?”
Romans 8:35-39 – 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written: “For Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.” 37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (NKJV)
Paul answers his own question with a resounding nothing.
There is nothing we can say, think, or do to have God deny us, reject us, or abandon us.
No emotional outburst.
No quick retort.
No snide remark.
No temper tantrum.
No voice (harsh, loud).
No borderline behavior.
No careless consideration.
No cautious compassion.
No faltering faith.
No filtered forgiveness.
No groveling grace.
No high strung heart.
No lukewarm love.
No malicious mercy.
No petulant peace.
No philandering freedom.
No religious righteousness.
No thoughtless tongue.
No unloving underbelly.
No wandering words.
No wishy-washy worship.
No human thought, action, or word.
No human reaction or emotion.
No thing seen or known in the natural realm.
No force unseen in the supernatural realm.
Because to Him you are precious.
He loves you with an everlasting and all-consuming love.
He pours unlimited compassion on you.
He covers you head to toe and front to back with His ever-present grace.
He proves to us daily that Ephesians 3:18-19 is always true:
Depth: there is no pit (hole) too deep for His love to find and rescue you.
Width: there is no problem too big for His love to cover you.
Length: there is no history too sordid or shameful for His love to redeem and renew you.
Height: there is no challenge too great for His love to guide you.
Because God proved His love on a cross at Calvary’s hill. Once and for all (Romans 6:10, Hebrews 7:27, Hebrews 9:12,26). Forever. For everyone (Hebrews 9:28, Hebrews 10:10, 1 Peter 3:18). And any Father and Creator who would go to such great lengths to prove His love would be bigger, more powerful, and more unmovable than anything we could face.
Paul was convinced of God’s love, despite all he went through. 2 Corinthians 11:24-27 gives a summary of his suffering: “24 From the Jews five times I received forty stripes minus one. 25 Three times I was beaten with rods; once I was stoned; three times I was shipwrecked; a night and a day I have been in the deep; 26 in journeys often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils of my own countrymen, in perils of the Gentiles, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; 27 in weariness and toil, in sleeplessness often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness—”.
And through all this, Paul never doubted God’s love for one moment. Where do you stand?
God loves you.
Just because you are you.
No rules or regulations.
He loves you.
He is waiting for you.
It doesn’t matter what things are on your list.
So where do you stand?
Will you answer His loving call?
Marie Fremin. 5/20 and 6/5/16