Inseparable from Christ
When pain and adversity enter our lives, it's easy to conclude that God has abandoned us. After all, we think, if He were there, He would have done something by now. However, today's passage says that nothing can separate us from Christ's love. Let's consider the vast scope of this promise.
No events. Not a single distress can remove us from divine love, but rather, we can "overwhelmingly conquer through Him who love[s] us" (Rom. 8:35-37). Today's verses also teach that our present sufferings cannot be compared to the coming glory (v. 18) and that God's good purpose is our transformation into Christ's image (v. 29). When we understand this, we gain a victorious eternal perspective, which produces hope and perseverance (vv. 24-25).
No time. Nothing we have gone through in the past, are dealing with at present, or will encounter in the future can take us away from Christ. He is with us every step of the way (v. 38).
No power. The unseen powers of evil that try to deceive and entrap us are no match for the Lord, who holds us securely in His omnipotent grasp (v. 39).
No created thing. Only our triune God is self-existent, and if He calls you His own, nothing and no one—not even you—can break that relationship (v. 39).
This promise of security in Christ isn't a license to sin without consequence. Instead, it should motivate us to fall on our knees in gratitude and praise. As we truly grasp the greatness of this gift, our love for Christ will increase and result in obedience and perseverance, no matter what difficulty we face.
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