“I am convinced,” writes Paul, “that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love.” And he goes on to list all the great powers, not only in this life, but also in the supernatural; none of them, he says, can separate us from the Love of God revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.First on Paul’s list of things that cannot separate us from God’s Love are death and life. Death, of course, is the great separator of natural men. Our lives are full of reminders of how much death separates people from those they have loved– how much the departed are missed, how incomplete are the lives of those left behind.
But God will never die, and neither will those who are His. The end of mortal life on earth is not separation from God and His Love; it is a closer, more present, richer experience of God Himself, Who is Love.
The separations caused by life, however, present an even bigger tragedy among fallen men than the separation of death. Mortal men are flawed, and their relationships are flawed. Even those who love each other let each other down; relationships slowly drift apart or suddenly break up. People are separated from each other’s love by circumstances and by choices, by their own failings and the failings of those they love. And what started as “fervent and forever” love too often becomes cold indifference or resentment.
God’s Love for us is completely unmoved by all the circumstances of life, for His power extends beyond anything in this life. His Love is unmoved by our failings; He, remember, sent His only begotten Son to die for us while we were yet sinners. And God will never change; He will never fail, ever.
And so, Paul confidently declares that neither death nor life can separate us from God’s love for us.