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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Friday, August 28, 2015
Today’s scripture reading:
These verses contain one of the most comforting promises in all Scripture. Believers have always had to face hardships in many forms: persecution, illness, imprisonment, and even death. These sometimes cause them to fear that they have been abandoned by Christ. But Paul exclaims that it is impossible to be separated from Christ. His death for us is proof of his unconquerable love. Nothing can separate us from Christ’s presence. God tells us how great his love is so that we will feel totally secure in him. If we believe these overwhelming assurances, we will not be afraid. (NLT)
Romans 8:35-39 – Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or are hungry or cold or in danger or threatened with death?
The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.” — Jeremiah 31:3 (NIV)
Carol Purves (Cumbria, England) titled her story “A MUCH-LOVED BABY;” here is a portion of Carol’s story:
“Jason lay snug in his mother’s arms, sometimes cooing and sometimes crying. . . But whatever was said or cooed, one thing was obvious; the baby was completely loved and adored. . .
“God has that kind of love for us. We cannot do anything to deserve God’s love. God has loved us from before the beginning of time and will continue to love us for all eternity. No good works, sacrifice, or deprivation can earn that love. All we can do is accept God’s love and redemption.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – God’s love for us is even greater than an earthly parent’s love.
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