Nothing Can Separate Us From His Love-Romans 8:35-39

Romans 8:35-39 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered 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 convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Romani 8:35-39 « Chi ci separerà dall’amore di Cristo? Sarà forse la tribolazione, l’angoscia, la persecuzione, la fame, la nudità, il pericolo, la spada? 36 Com’è scritto: «Per amor di te siamo messi a morte tutto il giorno; #siamo stati considerati come pecore da macello». 37 Ma, in tutte queste cose, noi siamo più che vincitori, in virtù di colui che ci ha amati. 38 Infatti sono persuaso che né morte, né vita, né angeli, né principati, né cose presenti, né cose future, 39 né potenze, né altezza, né profondità, né alcun’altra creatura potranno separarci dall’amore di Dio che è in Cristo Gesù, nostro Signore.”
     This is Paul’s answer to the question about the love of Christ for Christians. His love encompasses such absolute power that there is no possible force or imagination that could break its mission to those who believe. But there will always be things in this world that will try to dissuade us from the knowledge of His love. 
     Paul mentions seven things that can knock us off course unless we have an anchor in our lives that keeps us steady. Note the first list: trouble, hardship, persecution, famine, nakedness, danger and sword. Paul experienced every one of these. Notice the second list and their comparative opposites. It begins where the first list ends. Neither death nor life has any power over the love of Christ; not angels or demons, the present or the future, any powers, not things above or below us or any other possible thing in the created world.
     When we live in this truth, it will make us the conquerors that Christ intended us to be. The phrase “more than conquerors” is one word in the original language where the prefix was added (more than) and is written in the present tense. It literally means “keep on being a conqueror with more and more conviction”. We don’t generally face the issues listed in our lives as in the days of Paul where Christians’ lives were viewed as animals to be slaughtered. For us the danger is not in the big things but rather the small disappointments that can cause us to lose sight of His love. Let us daily be aware to never allow anything to come between us and God’s great love.
Pray with me: Lord, I know that Your love is more powerful than any force in this world. Help me to keep on being a conqueror when I face the small and big issues in my life.

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