Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor 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. (Rom. 8:35,37,38,39)
There are two important things that we could glean from these passages:
- These passages strengthen our faith that NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS TO US, we are assured of Jesus’ love for us. Much of our fears come from our lack of confidence of this love. Especially in times of hardships and great trials, we lose our confidence and doubt God’s love for us.
These passages teach us that when we go through all sorts of tribulations and suffering, let us not think that God has left us. When it seems that He has hidden His face from us, it should drive us to seek Him all the more. As long as we REMAIN IN HIM, He is ours and we are His, and no one shall pluck us out of His hand (John 10:28). This truth should assuage all our fears.
- Let us not think that nothing can separate us from the love of Christ NO MATTER WHAT WE DO. What can separate us from His love but that our own selves and the decisions we make?
When we cannot overcome our trials due to our own shortcomings and lack of steadfastness in our faith, we stop abiding in Him and we turn away. But the Lord has this to say:
If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. (John 15:6)
When we do our best to love and serve the Lord, yet trials come and linger; and when we look at others whose lives seem to be so “blessed”, and so envy invades our unguarded hearts, our love could become lukewarm or wax cold. This could be possible for it says in Matthew 24:12:
And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
But the Lord gives us this stern warning:
So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. (Rev. 3:16)
When trials are long and hard, our hearts could become bitter and doubts and unbeliefs come to lodge in us. But the Bible says:
Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. (Heb. 3:12)
Yes, there could be many things that could weaken our faith and drive us away from following Jesus, but the Apostle Paul urges us that, in all these, we should be MORE THAN CONQUERORS!
When my faith was tried and my physical suffering was long and hard that, just to think of another day of more of it made me tremble, my important prayer became “Lord, increase my love!” Translated, it meant, “Don’t let me go!”
For when we turn away from the Life, it’s never His loss, but only ours.
But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. (Matt. 24:13)
Linking to Good Morning Girls.