Tuesday, October 9, 2012

nothing separates us from God's love

When I was a teenager, I was blessed to be part of an awesome youth group.  Even as a child I was in places where I was taught the truth of God.  I had great teachers and even some people who modeled following God in real ways.

One of my favorite scriptures that learned as a child came from Romans 8.  Verse 28 is one many Christians quote and often.  Verse 37 says that we are conquers through Christ.  Both are powerful Bible verses to memorize and to hold on to very tight.  The last two verses and a few before it have always gotten to me as it talks about nothing separating us from God’s love.

In this post I’d like to give you some of the chapter from The Message (a paraphrase of the Bible that many people have found encouraging and insightful).  May God give us even more confidence due to God’s loves and may God give us excitement to live and enjoy life because of His unending love because nothing will or can separate us from His love.

So, what do you think? With God on our side like this, how can we lose? If God didn't hesitate to put everything on the line for us, embracing our condition and exposing himself to the worst by sending his own Son, is there anything else he wouldn't gladly and freely do for us? And who would dare tangle with God by messing with one of God's chosen? Who would dare even to point a finger? The One who died for us—who was raised to life for us!—is in the presence of God at this very moment sticking up for us. Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between us and Christ's love for us? There is no way! Not trouble, not hard times, not hatred, not hunger, not homelessness, not bullying threats, not backstabbing, not even the worst sins listed in Scripture: They kill us in cold blood because they hate you. We're sitting ducks; they pick us off one by one. None of this fazes us because Jesus loves us. I'm absolutely convinced that nothing—nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable—absolutely nothing can get between us and God's love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us.

Those are awesome verses.  In the New Living Translation and verse 38 it says, “…not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.”  That ought to help us get even closer to believing what God says.  We win.  That is the fact.  It is the final fact.

I continue to be amazed by the grace and goodness of God.  There is no way to ever comprehend the bigness of God’s love and how much God loves us.  Share that with others!  Do it today

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