Friday, March 13
Romans 8:35-39 Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, ‘For your sake we are being killed all day long; we are accounted as sheep to be slaughtered.’ No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 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.
Overcome Adversity with Faith
It is not just a “who” that tries to separate us from Christ but also a “what.” Paul lists trouble, hardships, persecution, famine, nakedness, danger or sword. We may use different words today but the impact is the same: Ebola, hunger, terrorism, Christians being persecuted in locations around the world. But Paul goes on to say that that we are conquerors over it all because NOTHING can separate us from Christ’s love.
Twenty-some years ago I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. As the years have gone by, I have become a different person on the outside, unable to do physical activities I always enjoyed. But because of God’s love, I am stronger on the Inside and will not be separated
from God’s love and faithfulness. Paul tells us that no matter what happens in our lives “We are more than conquerors through Him who loves us” (v 37).
As we approach Good Friday and Easter morning, we must not forget that Christ suffered for our sins and was raised up, cleansing our sins through faith in His great love for us.
Prayer: Gracious Heavenly father, we know Jesus is our teacher, and He knows how we should lead our lives, and we cannot be separated from His comfort, guidance, and love. Amen