Sunday 18 June, 2017

Romans 8:31-39

31 What should we say then? Since God is on our side, who can be against us? 32 God did not spare his own Son. He gave him up for us all. Then won’t he also freely give us everything else? 33 Who can bring any charge against God’s chosen ones? God makes us right with himself. 34 Then who can sentence us to death? No one. Christ Jesus is at the right hand of God and is also praying for us. He died. More than that, he was raised to life. 35 Who can separate us from Christ’s love? Can trouble or hard times or harm or hunger? Can nakedness or danger or war? 36 It is written, “Because of you, we face death all day long. We are considered as sheep to be killed.” (Psalm 44:22) 37 No! In all these things we are more than winners! We owe it all to Christ, who has loved us. 38 I am absolutely sure that not even death or life can separate us from God’s love. Not even angels or demons, the present or the future, or any powers can separate us. 39 Not even the highest places or the lowest, or anything else in all creation can separate us. Nothing at all can ever separate us from God’s love. That’s because of what Christ Jesus our Lord has done.

This passage is a familiar and amazing statement of our faith. We have been rescued at a great cost – Christ death for us – so there is no way God will abandon us now. His love continues and nothing that happens will stop him loving us.

This means he is not responsible for bad events or situations we encounter in life but he loves us even though we are struggling. An easy life is not guaranteed for Christians, as if our faith was like magic warding off hard times. The guarantee is that God will still love us, just like when he rescued us by having Jesus die on the cross. That demonstration of his love shows us how much he loves us – v 32. So we rest secure in his love even when troubles come. Peterson in The Message version puts it this way – “None of this fazes us because Jesus loves us” v37. Not fazed? Wow that brings it home! You could say not panicked, not trying to second guess God, not blaming him or getting angry, not knocked off course from following Him by things which happen. Don’t be robbed of the blessing of God’s love in Jesus even when it all seems to be going pear shaped. He didn’t rescue us for that.

“As your love in wave after wave, crashes over me, crashes over me, You are for us, you are not against us…you make me Brave”

Dear Jesus, I love you. I thank you for dying for me. You showed me the heavenly Father’s love, which never stops, like the waves at the beach. You will be with me no matter what happens. I cant thank you enough. Amen

Written by Claire Moore

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