"A Love That Goes Beyond..."

"What About The What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else? Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one—for God himself has given us right standing with himself. Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us. Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.” ) No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. 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. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Romans 8:31-39 NLT

These words from the Apostle Paul in Romans 8 have a confidence in them that paint a beautiful picture of the love of God for us and in us. “Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us…” Nothing more beautiful than this. Even when we were at our worst, God sent his Son so that we could find hope through him and in him. The world we live in is dark and getting darker. In the United States alone, only 17.2 percent of human beings attend church on any given weekend. That means less than 20 percent of Americans are connecting with God through community, fellowship and encouragement. If this continues with the rate of population increase in this country, experts estimate that by 2050 that number could be as low as 11.5 percent. We definitely are living in the shadows of a post modern age in the church. Millennials are choosing other ways to fill that hole in their heart. Money, status, relationships and fame seem to top our list for life purpose and direction. But, this news doesn’t surprise our God. He sent his Son for “such a time as this.” He could see the crossroads we would face and knew there would be a need. So he sent his LOVE to redeem us, help us and heal us. And the more we commit our lives to Him, the more we see the power of this love and the HOPE that it has to not only change stats but to change lives.

This love Christ offers us is deep. Deeper than the greatest ocean. Deeper than our greatest hurt. We can’t run from it. We can’t deny it. Nothing can separate us from this love. Not our greatest weakness or most dismal failure. When we allow Christ’s love to flow through every part of our lives, it causes a renewal beyond comprehension. So let’s allow this love to find its way in us. Let’s not allow our sin or the sacred to keep us away from this love. Because when allow this LOVE to seep into our darkest and deepest of caverns, others can’t help but notice the change. They see the new beginning happening in us and wonder internally how they can experience it, too. Your life matters. Your relationship with God has potential beyond what you can believe. Find his love today to be enough for you... for nothing can separate you from it.

Prayer: Lord, sometimes I forget about the power of your love. I am reminded today that nothing can separate me from it. So I pray that if there are things that I have allowed to keep me from experiencing the fullness of who you are in my life, please help me remove them.