the love from which nothing can separate

What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 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? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. 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. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 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.

Romans 8:31-39

There are times when it may seem for one reason or another, or one may simply feel like this is the case: that God’s love is gone. But that is a lie. The older I get, the longer I go through life, the more certain this seems to me, even when my own reason and feeling (especially for me at times, when tired at the end of the day into the afternoon, and especially late afternoon) would indicate otherwise. I know better, and I know better by faith in God’s word, in God’s promise in Jesus.

Nothing at all can separate us from God’s love. Just as Jesus said, the Father watches over us, and provides and protects (Matthew 6:25-34). And will see us through death itself, and all that may precede death. We need not fear, or be anxious, or worry. More realistically, at least much of the time, or before we grow into the depth of God’s peace which helps us more or less avoid that, we learn to cast all of our cares on God, since God cares for us, and will never let the righteous be moved (1 Peter 5:7; Psalm 55:22).

God’s love comforts us for sure, and we sorely need that. But that same love which embraces us, also braces us to face the hard things, even the hardest with the courage and resolve we need, knowing that in the end, God has our backs, and every other part of us.

And so we go on in the confidence we have in and through Christ. Strengthened in our weakness, and through everything, “more than conquerors through him who loved us.”

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