February- The Love of God, the Love of Christ
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecutions or famines or nakedness or danger or swords? 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.”
Romans 8:35-37 (NIV)
In doing research for this month’s blog topics, I came across this passage. These words have become seared into my heart.
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?”
These words would make anyone stop and ponder them. Have we had times that we were somewhat afraid of going through a circumstance or an event? I admit I have. But we can always call out to God and He will answer that concern.
“Shall trouble or hardship or persecutions or famines or nakedness or danger or swords?”
Jesus is called Man of Sorrows because he personally faced times of trouble, persecution,
nakedness, and swords. He experienced all the harshness life had to give during the years He preached to, taught and healed those who came to Him.
‘For your sake we face death all day long; We are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.’
This is how this reads in The Message:
“They kill us in cold blood because they hate you. We’re sitting ducks; they pick you off one by one.”
In the next sentence, the text says, “None of this fazes us because Jesus loves us.”
(Again, this from The Message)
“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.”
Paul reminds the Roman believers that they are conquerors because Jesus loves us.
How can we demonstrate His love to others? I will delve into this more in my next post.