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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Tuesday, August 8, 2017
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Dear Lord, open our hearts and our minds to the power of Your Word, which as we read, we may know, understand, and obey Your Word for us today. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. (Author unknown)
Today’s scripture reading:
No matter what happens to us, no matter where 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.
These verses contain one of the most comforting promises in all Scripture. Believers have alwways 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 8:31-39 – 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 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.
There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. –1 John 4:18 (NRSV)
Michael A. Macdonald (North Carolina) titled his story “PERFECT LOVE;” here is a portion of Michael’s story:
“. . . My primary exposure to preaching was through radio sermons that were mostly about fearing God’s condemnation. I started to attend church at age 12, and I was relieved to discover that the preaching there was much different. The focus was on God’s love for us and our love for others. But a part of me worried that our church might be watering down the Bible’s message.
“Then one day I came across today’s quoted verse. I was overjoyed to discover that God does not want us to live in fear of condemnation. Such fearful love is incomplete, immature, imperfect. The loving message I heard at church is true.
“I am now a pastor, and I encourage my church members not to fear the condemnation of God or of other people who claim we are not true Christians because our beliefs and practices differ from theirs. . . . As followers of Christ, we can know that nothing can separate us from the love of God. Thanks be to God!”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Nothing can separate us from God’s love.
Prayer: Gracious God, free us from fear, and help us to embrace the truth that through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ we are justified by your grace. Amen.
Prayer Focus: THOSE WHO FEAR GOD’S CONDEMNATION
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