Scripture: Romans 8:31-39
Observation: Paul shows us the true power of the love and safety of God – if God is for us, no one can be against us or condemn us. Nothing we do or experience can separate us from his love.
Application: Let’s start off today by making a list (you know much I love lists) of all the things we’ve done that we’re not proud of. You can say it out loud, write it down, tell it to a friend – it doesn’t matter how you do but simply that you do it. Okay, go!
Did you do it?
I’m telling you, today’s application doesn’t work unless you make a list so go do it!
Are you done? And I don’t mean “done” as in you kinda sorta tried, I mean actually, 100%, went all in and you’re “done.” As done as you feel after an hour of wearing those cute wedges that were “so totally comfortable” when you tried them on in the store. That kind of done. (Also, important life lesson: don’t let wedges deceive you just because they’re not heels. They’re still uncomfortable, they’ll still permanently damage the muscles in your foot, and they’ll still have you asking yourself “WHYYYYY” 20 minutes into wearing them. Do not let the “comfort sole” label fool you.)
Okay, now that you’re done, here’s what next: Go down your list and write or say this -- “It can’t separate me from Christ’s love” – to every single thing. Yes, every single thing. It doesn’t matter what it says or what you wrote or how bad you think it may be. Because remember nothing can separate you from the love of God: no trouble, no calamity, no persecution, no hunger, no destitution. Nothing can separate you.
Go back and read verses 38 and 39. Paul shares with us the crazy, irrational, completely generous security that comes from a relationship with Christ Jesus. He tells us this:
“And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow – not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.”
We’re in the family photo, and we’re not going anywhere. That addiction you can’t overcome right now? That sin you committed years ago that seems “too bad” to be forgiven? That relationship you sabotaged through your own insecurities? None of it is too big for God and none of it disqualifies you from a relationship with him.
God loves you big. There’s nothing you can do, think, or feel that will ever change that.
Prayer: God, I praise you for the deep, irrational, gracious love you show me today, and I pray you’ll help me model that love for others in my life. Thank you for not letting my own sin separate me from your perfection. Amen.