A few weeks ago, I preached on “life verses”, particular scriptures that can speak to us at different steps along our life journey. This past Sunday I touched on a part of Romans, chapter 8, that has spoken to me again over several decades.
31 What then shall we say to this? If God is for us, who is against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, will he not also give us all things with him? 33 Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies; 34 who is to condemn? Is it Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised from the dead, who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us?[a] 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written, “For thy 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 principalities, 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.
That verse became embedded in my mind and soul in the form of a song. I first sang these lyrics with God’s people way back when I was in youth group. It’s a song that I kept singing during my years in camps and conferences and that has stuck in my head and heart as an adult believer.
For I’m persuaded to believe that you can’t separate us from the wonderful love of God.
For above us God will send us and will come to live within us, while in this sinful world we trod.
Neither height nor depth nor principalities, things present or things to come.
And though the devil hates us he can never separate us from the wonderful love of God.
What is the take-away from this life verse?
What can separate us from God’s love in Jesus Christ? Nothing can! Praise God.
Thank you, God, for Your un-ending love. Amen.