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Love Movements

Love Movements – The Power of God’s Love (Romans 8:35-39)

Today’s Reading: Romans 8-10

Today’s Reflection:  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 danger, or sword? 36) As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”  37) No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38) For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39) nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

The phrase ‘God is love’ is one so often repeated that perhaps it’s lost some of the weight and gravity of its true meaning.

This is significant because all of God’s attributes are rooted in love.  And all of His actions flow out of His love for us.  Every miracle, every blessing, every changed life, every demonstration of God’s power from the Creation to this very moment is an example of God’s love.  God sustains your life moment by moment (Psalm 55:22).  Think of every breath you take as a reminder that God loves you.

This is the kind of magnitude Paul is trying to convey here.  God’s love is a majestic, epic love that has battled to win each of us from sin and death back to righteousness and eternal life.  A love that literally transcends the grave.  And it is this love that gives us everything we need:

Hope:

Psalm 130:7 – O Israel, hope in the LORD! For with the LORD there is steadfast love, and with him is plentiful redemption.

Peace:

Isaiah 54:10 – For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but my steadfast love shall not depart from you, and my covenant of peace shall not be removed,” says the LORD, who has compassion on you.

Strength:

Exodus 15:13 – You have led in your steadfast love the people whom you have redeemed; you have guided them by your strength to your holy abode.

Psalm 59:16 – But I will sing of your strength; I will sing aloud of your steadfast love in the morning. For you have been to me a fortress and a refuge in the day of my distress.

Justice:

Psalm 119:149 – Hear my voice according to your steadfast love; O LORD, according to your justice give me life.

Salvation:

Psalm 119:41 – Let your steadfast love come to me, O LORD, your salvation according to your promise;

It is hard to remember this at times when life is challenging, when we’re experiencing trials and difficult circumstances.  This is why Paul reminds us that because of God’s love we are “more than conquerors”.  Earlier in this amazing chapter, Paul also tells us that the sufferings we experience now are so insignificant that they cannot even be compared to the glory of God about to be revealed in us (Romans 8:18).  Remember this.  Remember God has fought for you, gone to the greatest lengths imaginable to save you, and demonstrated His love by sending His only son to die for you.

John 3:16 – “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”

He’s not going to let anything separate you from Him because of his love for you.

John 10:28-30 – 28) I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29) My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. 30) I and the Father are one.”

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