The Absolute Certainty of God’s Love

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. 37Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 38For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come 39Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8.35-39

When professing Christians say something like “I don’t know if God really loves me. It sure doesn’t seem like it”, there is one thing I know … they have never read these verses and believed them wholeheartedly. Paul first asks what can separate us from the love of Christ. Then he spells out some circumstances that can occur to each one of us. And then he answers his own question: “37Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

Then in the last two verses he tells us the things that CAN NEVER separate us from the love of Christ. Let’s look: (1) death, (2) life, (3) angels, (4) principalities, (5) powers, (6) things present, (7) things to come, (8) height, (9) depth, (10) any other creature. I don’t see that he has missed any thing in this list. When it seems that God’s love has been removed from us, it is time to take a long, hard look into our own hearts to see who we have placed on the throne in place of God. Tough times come to EVERY believer. Disappointments come to EVERY believer. Trials come to EVERY believer. Where is God in all of these circumstances? He is exactly where He was when they placed His Son on the cross. He didn’t go away then and He is not going away now. Just my thoughts …

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