The love of Jesus Christ for His people is the most powerful force in the universe. It can save your soul to the uttermost and carry you through every up and down of life until you safely arrive in heaven. If you are a Christian, then it is because God in His unbelievable mercy and grace chose to set His saving love upon you before you were even more. And God never changes His mind! As He spoke through the prophet Balaam, “God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?” (Numbers 23:19). God’s love towards you is never-ending and unstoppable.
Nothing can separate you from the love that Jesus Christ has toward you. No amount of trials, suffering, danger, ridicule, or even physical harm can tear you from His undying kindness and care (Romans 8:35). You may have endured much darkness this school year, or last school year, or in years to come. You may feel like the original Romans audience, that life has literally been killing you every day (Romans 8:36). Take heart! If you are a Christian, your God is with you always and you will conquer every one of your soul’s enemies in the end through the power of Christ’s love for you (Romans 8:37). When death finally comes for you, hopefully many years from now after a lifetime of living for Jesus, His love will carry you safely to your eternal home in heaven. Death will not break your bond with Christ, and neither will the struggles and temptations and sorrows of life; not even the demonic forces arrayed against you will take away your guaranteed redemption by the blood Jesus shed for you (Romans 8:38).
When life is awesome and you feel at the very heights of heaven spiritually, God’s love will be there, holding you firmly and reminding you that it is by His grace alone that you win the victories. And when you find yourself in the depths of despair and feel that nothing is right in your world, Christ’s love will be there to pick your chin up and keep your head above the waters of depression (Romans 8:39). How powerful is Christ’s love for His disciples? It is so strong that nothing in all of creation can stop it. So wherever you are in life right now, be encouraged today that if you are a Christian, Christ love is with you in all power and He will never take it away. Let us today and every day be “more than conquerors through Him who loved us” (Romans 8:37).
The Text (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.
Questions to Think About
- Have you faced any hardships lately that have forced you to cling to the love of Christ?
- Why is it so important for Christians to know and continually reminds themselves that God’s love for them will never change?