February 2, 2024


Romans 8:31-39 - What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.


In this passage, Paul powerfully proclaims the depth of God's love for us in Jesus Christ. He begins by declaring that if God is for us, no one can successfully stand against us (v.31). God demonstrated His love by not sparing His own Son but giving Him up for us all (v.32). Because of Christ's death and resurrection, there is no charge that can be brought against us and no one who can condemn us (vv.33-34). Paul then asks rhetorically what can separate us from the love of Christ (v.35)? Can tribulation, distress, persecution, famine, nakedness, danger or sword separate us? No! Quoting Psalm 44, Paul says that even if we face death all day long, we are still more than conquerors through Christ who loved us (vv.35-37). He concludes that nothing in all creation can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord (vv.38-39).


This passage is one of the clearest statements in Scripture about the unbreakable love that God has for us in Jesus Christ. No matter what hardships we face or how much opposition comes against us, absolutely nothing can separate us from God's love! I am reminded of Jesus' words that no one can snatch His sheep out of His hand (John 10:28). Paul makes a similar proclamation here. Once we put our faith in Christ, we are safe and secure in God's love forever. Not because of anything good in us, but because of what Christ has done for us. He demonstrated His love by dying in our place, rising again, and interceding for us at the Father's right hand. What great comfort this brings! We often struggle to comprehend the vastness of God's love, but Paul leaves no doubt - it is an everlasting love that cannot be shaken under any circumstances. As we walk with Christ, we can be fully assured that He will never leave us or forsake us. He sticks closer than a brother. Meditating on the security we have in God's love should fill our hearts with praise and gratitude. It should compel us to follow Paul's example and pour out our lives in loving service to our Savior. Since He gave His all for us, how can we not give our all for Him? This truth can carry us through seasons of hardship and propel us to share this good news with others.


Father God, thank You for assuring us so powerfully that nothing can separate us from Your great love. Thank You for not sparing Your own Son but delivering Him up for us all. We praise You that because of Jesus' death and resurrection, no charge can be brought against us and no one can condemn us. We are safe and secure in Your hands forever. Fill our hearts with praise and gratitude for Your amazing love. Compel us to follow You wholeheartedly and share the hope we have in Christ with others. In Jesus' name, amen.

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United in hope, we lift our hands to the One whose love knows no bounds.

United in hope, we lift our hands to the One whose love knows no bounds.

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