The Power of God’s Love
Written By Rev. Dalyn Helbling
“The Love Of God”
Rom. 8:35-39, I John 3:1
April 1, 2001
Romans 8:35-39 NIV
35 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.
1 John 3:1 NIV
1 How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.
The CHALLENGE of God’s Love - “Who shall separate us...?” vs. 35
In 18th century, a godly woman was nearing death, but real worry was about her little boy. She’d taught him all about God but didn’t know whether she was getting through. When she died, the son was only 7. As he grew older, he steadily rejected his mother’s teachings, and ignored God.
He went to sea & eventually became capt. of a slave-trading ship. He lived such a dirty & depraved life that his own crew was disgusted with him. One day he was in such a drunken stupor that he fell overboard. To
rescue him, his men threw a harpoon! It stuck in his leg, leaving it permanently damaged. But they pulled him back to the ship, alive. From then on, he walked with a limp.
The man was John Newton! Later in life, he turned from wickedness & surrendered to the Lord. And he considered that limp to be a permanent reminder of God’s matchless grace. In Newton’s case, God’s “Amazing Grace!”
Newton had operated as a free moral agent all those earlier years. But nothing could separate him from his mother’s prayers - or from the love of God.
The CONFLICT of God’s Love - “we are accounted as sheep for the “slaughter” vs. 36
Satan tries to diminish the influence of God’s love by distracting or intimidating us.
Hitler In Nazi Germany there lived a courageous minister named Martin Neimoller. He was personally threatened by Adolf Hitler (most people don’t
seem to realize that it was Christians as well as Jews who were persecuted by the Nazis). Niemoller didn’t flinch, but told Mr. Hitler that his work was entrusted to him by God and “neither you nor anyone in this world has the power to take it from us.” The Fuhrer angrily walked away. That PM, Neimoller’s rectory was ransacked, and was later damaged by a bomb. But Neimoller continued to preach the Gospel, simply telling his people that the church was in a time of testing.
In 1937, Neimoller was seized by the Gestapo, held in solitary confinement for 8 months. The indictment against him ran 14 type-written pages. On morning of his trial, he was led from his cell by an official in a green uniform, through eerie passageways, a long walk to the court. Neimoller began to feel terror, thinking of his family, his church, the death camps.