Nothing can separate us from His love
Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”) No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. Romans 8:35-37
Form the text, the Apostle Paul gave us a list of things that can throw us off from thinking that God does not love us. But for him who has been through tremendous trials in life will say that those who are in Christ, no matter what life will throw at them can still rejoice and come out victorious. We go through experiences in life that can hurt us or someone we love. Trials like cancer, loss of job, bankruptcy, loneliness, marital problems, divorce, death of a love one, and other circumstances that can cause us to panic and be restless. These are experiences that can bring down even those who are strong in their Christian faith. Yet, Paul claimed that they should not cause Christians to fall for God is with them. When you have accepted Christ as your Lord and Savior, the grace you received from Him will continue to abound as the demands in life continue to grow. Jesus is enough to every trial we will face in life for if He is with us, nothing can be against us (Romans 8:31). The reason Paul could say these words is because of the gift of God, His Son. “Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else? (Romans 8:32). God will not only protect those that belonged to Him but also will provide for them. There is no such thing as trouble-free life for we will all face, if not now, hardship within and without. But God promised that nothing can separate us from His love and there is nothing that can break the bond that ties us to Him. Years later, Christians to whom Paul was writing to will face tremendous trials. Emperor Nero will throw Christians to lion’s den to provide entertainment for his guests and will burn them at stake so they could become torches to light up his garden. They will not waver in their faith as described in Hebrews 11:13, “All these people died still believing what God had promised them.” What is that promise that they were looking after? “They were looking for a better place, a heavenly homeland. That is why God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them” (Hebrews 11:16). The only things that trials in life can take away from you are in the end things that really do not matter because the things that matter, He already secured for you. When Christ was born on that first Christmas morning, His purpose was to identify with us. When He died at the cross and three days later rose from the dead, He provided for us our greatest need, an intimate and inseparable relationship with Him.