“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written:
‘for your sake we face death all day long;
We are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.’
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.”
Paul cites possible circumstances that could happen to a church. The church at Rome eventually did go through these situations. Paul’s purpose for writing these words was to remind the Roman believers of God’s infinite love for those who believe in Him. No matter what happens, God’s love is real and lasting.
In her book, One Thousand Gifts, Ann Voskamp relates her experience of ministering to a homeless man on the streets of Toronto. The man had a dog-eared Gideon Bible in the duffel bag he carried. He asked one of the teenage girls to read aloud Romans 7-8, which she did. When the girl reached a certain point, this homeless man echoed each line that she read. Ann and the youth were there to minister to him; he ministered to them.
It impressed me that this man, who lived on the streets, had experienced God’s love and knew the Word. It gives me a new aspect to consider when I think about those without a home.
A little over thirty years ago, I took a personal leave from the job I had; after the leave ended, I resigned. I remember telling people I wanted to survive the stress and mental fatigue I dealt with. I slowly realized I didn’t just want to survive; I wanted more. Then I discovered this passage.
“More than conquerors,” that means more than just getting by, it means surmounting those harsh circumstances and giving thanks for our new-found knowledge that Jesus loves us and will stand beside us in every circumstance we face.