35 Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? – Romans 8:35-36 NASB
I’m thinking of this verse, pondering the greatness of the love of Christ, and remembering the past/present/future style of the first Morning Snack.
There’s nothing in my past that can disqualify me.
“While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us…” Romans 5:8 (and here’s the passage in the Message).
“…anyone united with the Messiah gets a fresh start, is created new. The old life is gone…” 2nd Corinthians 5:17 (MSG)
If God showed us such love when we were His enemies, cut off from Him by our sins… what makes me think He’s going to not accept me now that I belong to Him?
There’s nothing in my present that can separate me.
“I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you.” – Hebrews 13:5 (NASB, but here’s the Message again)
“I have been crucified with Christ, and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me.” Galatians 2:20 (here in context)
You can’t get un-crucified. There’s no take-backs. If you came to Christ, He is in you, and God has a “No Return” policy.
There’s nothing in my future that can overwhelm me.
“In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 (NASB)
“Greater is he who is in you than he that is in the world.” 1st John 4:4 (NASB).
God grants us grace that trains us to say, “No” to sin and He limits the strength of the temptations and trials we face.
None of this fazes us because Jesus loves us. I’m absolutely convinced that nothing—nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable—absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us. – Romans 8:38-39.