Neither death nor life, Paul had written, can ever separate us from God’s Love. He then goes on to list all the most powerful forces in this life and even in the spiritual realm; not one of them, he said, will ever be able to separate us from the love of God, revealed in Jesus Christ our Lord.Image may contain: tree, sky, plant, snow, outdoor and nature“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 8:38,39 NLT

These powers that Paul lists are very real; any or all of them are able to separate one person from the love of another, on this earth. But God is ruler over them all– spirits and storms, fears and circumstances– all are stilled and rendered powerless by a single word from Him. And God is the originator of His love; it has come forth from Him as its source, regardless of our situation as its recipients. The bond of His Love depends on Him, and on Him alone.

It is this firm foundation that God, using in this case the writings of Paul, seeks to build in the hearts of His children. For when we know that we are loved by God, that nothing in all creation can ever separate us from His Love which He has shown to us through Jesus Christ, it is then that we can love and serve Him with abandon. It is then that we, rooted and grounded in His Love, can grow into mature children of God.

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