Summary: God wants us to understand that the only person who can separate us from His love is ourselves. You see He doesn’t separate us from Him. No, we separate ourselves from Him. I am one who has found this out over and over again. I walked away from Him. He ne
Nothing Can Seperate us, Romans 8:31-39
31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? 32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? 33 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth. 34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. 37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
I know there has been a lot of teaching on these verses but it has been laid on my heart to once again step into this area. God wants us to understand that the only person who can separate us from His love is ourselves. You see He doesn’t separate us from Him. No, we separate ourselves from Him. I am one who has found this out over and over again. I walked away from Him. He never walked away from me.
So lets take a look at this a little more deeply and cover a few of these verses.
31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
Indeed, who can be against us? As we go through life we find a lot of this. There are so many who are against us. Some may be in the form of persecution, some may just be out right seeking to give you emotional hurt, some physical harm, and the list goes on. You see, if we think about it, we can learn a great deal from two men in the Bible that I tend to gravitate towards. First is Job. The other is Paul. Both of these men suffered many things yet never were separated from the love of God.
Here are some things that try to separate us in no particuliar order. 1) Pesecution John 15:20 20 Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.
Persecution we should expect. Here we are taught that if the world persecuted Christ they will persecute us as well. Then in Romans we are taught how to handle those who persecute us. You see they can not separate us from God’s love. So what shall we do then? Romans 12:14 14 Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.
We should bless them and do not curse them. Persecution may be one of the toughest things for us to suffer and yet we are to still bless the ones who do this unto us. There are many things that may try to separate us. Many may be a little more personal than others and may be a little harder to overcome. But remember nothing but our own self can separate us from God’s love. What else can seperate us?
2) Life This could mean that all of life, its ups and downs, the sufferings both physical and emotional can separate us. The good the bad and the ugly. Nothing that life throws our way can separate us from Him. As long as His love is in us and His works are done by us we shall not be separated. In life, it seems, we have so many sufferings. Most recently I learned a lesson once again. The lesson that love in life hurts and is in the human world can be very unpredictable. I am grateful, however, that God’s love is predictable and unconditional. God loved us before we loved Him. He loved so much He delivered Himself up for us. Life, at times, can be very painful and not only emotional but sometimes physical. The pain and suffering handed to us by those who claim to love us can be overpowering. It is possible that we will suffer physically to the point of making it difficult to function normally day in and day out. At times we will just want to give up on life and begin the journey of eternal life. I, for one, have even prayed for this relief. I have prayed to be done here and to began the eternal life where I know it is free from pain and suffering. I continue to struggle with this. I continue to ask why I have to learn this lesson again and again? I do, however, keep moving forward each new day and give it to God. He rolls me out of bed in the morning letting me know that each day is a new day and He promises that He will not give more than I can handle together with Him. So again I find myself humbled by Him and seeking His grace.