Recently I reflected a little on some of my musical mentors (people from hard rock, southern rock, and 1970’s pop). I also owe some of my melodic memories to 1970’s church youth group and youth conference worship leaders. There are songs that I was taught as my faith was coming of age that still find their ways to my lips four plus decades later.
One of those songs goes like this:
For I’m persuaded to believe that you can’t separate us from the wonderful love of God
For above He 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 nor things to come
And though the devil hate us he will never separate us from the wonderful love of God
When this song is set to music, if starts slow. And then is repeated again and again, a little faster each time. It’s fun to sing, and even more fun to believe.
I talk a lot about God’s love. For me, that is the beginning and the ending of the Good News. God loves us. That’s what makes us who we are. When we know God’s love, we can live a love-filled life, and that love spills over in all that we do.
Paul shared this absolute Good News with his Christian friends in Rome:
35 Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? ….. No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, 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. Romans 8:35, 38-39
What more do we need to say or know?
Thank You God for loving me, in Christ Jesus my Lord. Amen.