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September 14, 2013

INSTANT MESSAGE: Nothing Can Separate Us from God’s Love

Romans 8: 31-32, 37-39 (NIV): 31What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all — how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? ... 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Paul had just written that God works everything for our good — if we belong to Christ — and that God's desire is that every Christian become like Jesus. Because of this, Paul says, nothing in all of creation can ever separate us from God's love.

If God didn't even spare his own son for us, will he not give us whatever else we need? And if he did not condemn us, but instead chose to forgive us, then no one else will ever bring a charge against us. Jesus, Paul says, is sitting at God's right hand interceding for us. He declares that we are no longer guilty because he has already paid our sentence.

And no matter what we face we can never leave the grace or the love of God. Even if we die, we are still safe in God's hands. Jesus said in Luke 12:4 that we need not fear those who can kill the body, but after that, can do no more. So we have the hope that our loved ones are safe in God's hands even after they die. There are no supernatural powers that can separate us from God's love. Nothing happening now and nothing that might happen in the future. We cannot go so high that we are separated from God, and we cannot go so low that he can no longer reach us. And nothing in all of creation. Since God created the universe, this means nothing at all can ever separate us from God's love. We are safe in God's love and safe in his hands, and we will be for all of eternity.

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