Date: Saturday, February 1
Scripture: Romans 8:31-39
Verse: For I am convinced 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. (Romans 8:38-39)
After two chapters this week on sin, and the ways we are to overcome it, Paul concludes with these words of joy and comfort. Nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
The message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ that so often goes unheard is this one. It breaks my heart to know that far too many people feel as if God wants nothing to do with them. Maybe it is because of something they did, a decision they made when they were much younger. Maybe it is because of something, or someone they believe they are. Maybe it is because of a failed relationship, or parents whose “unconditional” love came with a whole list of conditions. Maybe they were forced to grow up too soon, were abused by someone who was supposed to care about them, or once lived a life of which they are ashamed. Maybe they have cheated, lied, and hurt others, many others, over the years. Maybe they have thought something, doubted something, or said something they believe made God so mad he gave up on them.
To all of you who feel like sin has won and God is done; to all who think you are beyond redemption, too far gone, or too broken to fix; to all of you who think God has given up on you, so you have given up on God – hear these words – nothing can separate you from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. He is here for you. Now. Even in your mess.
Remember Monday’s devotion about letting go, about how you cannot embrace this new life without dropping the things from the old? Well, God is ready to forgive you, to let go of all that old stuff you’ve been holding onto, and he has opened his arms for you to run to him. Fall into those arms. Feel that warm embrace. Know you are loved.
Prayer: O God, I know I have not lived the life you would have me live. Give me again the assurance you haven’t given up on me. Amen.
Action: Share this good news with someone who needs to hear it.
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