For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 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 8:38,39)
The words above from the end of Romans 8 are a favorite Bible passage for me. It is often read at Christian funerals. One of my first exposures to it came when I received it written on a small card from my seat mate on a plane from Cleveland, Ohio back home to Pennsylvania when I was in my twenties. My father had just had a severe stroke and I was rushing home. The woman sitting beside me knew I was upset and offered me comforting conversation and this small card with a picture of Jesus on the front and the above words from Romans on the back. I have that card to this day. That woman does not know how much she touched me.
I can picture the Apostle Paul writing these words. He certainly had been through a lot of trouble: persecution, imprisonment, a shipwreck, a thorn in the flesh, and so much more. Yet, he remained confident that God’s love knows no end.
Look at that list of worse things in the verse. It covers a lot. Can you add some worse things you are experiencing to that list? How about estrangement from family members, illness, rejection, abuse, COVID, political division, personal failure, worries? Know that NOTHING can separate you from the love of God through Jesus Christ. This is true for today, tomorrow and a thousand years from now.
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for these words of the Apostle Paul. Thank you for your love through Jesus that knows no bounds. Teach me to love completely. Amen
The people of Grace share their favorite bible stories for the 2023 Lenten Devotional: I Love to Tell the Story. Each day's devotional will be automatically posted so come back daily after 7 am for a new reflection.