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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Sunday, May 29, 2016
Today’s scripture reading:
Do you ever think that because you aren’t good enough for God, he will not save you? Do you ever feel as if salvation is for everyone else but you? Then these verses are especially for you. If God gave his Son for you, he isn’t going to hold back the gift of salvation! If Christ gave his life for you, he isn’t going to turn around and condemn you! He will not withhold anything you need to live for him. The book of Romans is more than a theological explanation of God’s redeeming grace—it is a letter of comfort and confidence addressed to you.
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. No matter what happens to us, no matter hwhere we are, we can never be separated from his love. Suffering should not drive us away from God but help us to identify with him and allow his love to heal us. If we believe these overwhelming assurances, we will not be afraid. (NLT)
Romans 8:31-39 – What can we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? Since God did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t God, who gave us Christ, also give us everything else?
Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? Will God? No! He is the one who has given us right standing with himself. Who then will condemn us? Will Christ Jesus? No, for he is the one who died for us and was raised to life for us and is sitting at the place of highest honor next to God, pleading for us.
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? (Even the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”) No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.
And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from his love. Death can’t, and life can’t. The angels can’t, and the demons can’t. Our fears for today, our worries about tomorrow, and even the powers of hell can’t keep God’s love away. Whether we are high above the sky or in the deepest ocean, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. – 1 John 4:10 (NIV)
Eric A. Hernández Lopez (Puerto Rico) titled his story “GOD’S STEADFAST LOVE;” here is a portion of Eric’s story:
“In my sixth year of pastoral ministry, I went through a divorce. It was complicated, and I lived through several years of shame and despair. Yet during this painful experience, I came to know God’s miraculous grace. . . .
“I am living proof of the healing that God brings through grace. In my heart, I have only gratitude because my life is a gift from God. God’s unconditional love heals, restores, and makes all things new. . . .”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – God’s grace can bring us all new life.
Prayer: Thank you, God, for your unconditional love. Help us to love others as you love us. Amen.
To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/
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