I was reading the Bible this morning and came upon this encouraging truth:
“For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom. 8:38-39, ESV).
According to this passage, what is the one thing that the Apostle Paul is convinced of or sure about? Simply put, Paul is convinced that nothing will be able to separate us—followers of Christ—from the love of God. That is right: nothing.
Dear child of God, when was the last time you heard and meditated on this gloriously-encouraging truth?
I do not know about you, but there are times in my life when I forget this truth. Why? Life is hard, especially when trials and hardships come my way. The pain is real. The frustration is real. The longing for something better is real. And the forgetting of this truth is real, unfortunately.
But so is God’s love. His love is real, and it is permanent, not temporal.
We need to remind ourselves of this truth—that God’s love for us is real and permanent—over and over again. And equally important, we need to remind ourselves that this truth is rooted and grounded in the person and work of Jesus Christ.
This love is permanent because of who Jesus is and what He has done for us. Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead for our redemption and adoption as sons and daughters.
The atoning work of Jesus Christ has both displayed God’s justice and satisfied His wrath on our behalf. Therefore, “It is finished,” as Jesus said before breathing his last. And just how He died once to purchase us with His precious blood, He will also keep us and protect us and sanctify us completely until the day of His triumphant second coming.
This is good news! And this is the only reason why nothing in the world can separate us from the love of God. And because of that, there is a real, unshakable security for the Christian.
There is hope for our wearied and restless hearts. We can have security now, even in the midst of pain, suffering, confusion, and whatever else life throws our way.
God’s love for us is eternal in and through Jesus Christ. There is nothing, absolutely nothing that can change that. Ever.
May this life-changing truth sink in and penetrate the inner chambers of our hearts and bring about real hope and peace and joy and confidence. May we ponder and think and feel and rejoice in this amazing truth—that God’s love for us is real and permanent.
And that my dear friend is an unchanging truth.