“Who can separate us from the love of Christ? Can affliction or anguish or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: Because of You we are being put to death all day long; we are counted as sheep to be slaughtered. No, in all these things we are more than victorious through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that not even death or life, angels or rulers, things present or things to come, hostile powers, height or depth, or any other created thing will have the power to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord!” (Romans 8:35-39, HCSB)
What does it mean that nothing can separate you from God’s love? How does that affect your heart and your life? God’s love for you is equal to His love for His Son. Yet, despite His immense love for His only Son, God rejected Jesus in order that He will never have to reject you. Does that change the way you see the world and the way you live?
The love I find through Christ frees me to throw off my fears, worries and the sins that so easily entangle me. I can rest in the grace and truth of Jesus Christ, loving and pursuing others because I know I’m safe.
Jesus said in His prayer to the Father, “I am in them and You are in Me. May they be made completely one, so the world may know You have sent Me and have loved them as You have loved Me” (John 17:23, HCSB, emphasis mine).
Isn’t that amazing?
I’ve been a Christian for over a decade, but it was only recently, when my pastor was preaching a sermon on John 15, that I discovered an amazing truth. Jesus says, “’As the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you’” (John 15:9a). After listening to my pastor’s sermon, it dawned on me.
God is in His very nature love. Jesus was willing to be rejected and condemned by the Father for the sake of the Father’s glory and the salvation of those the Father loved. The Father was willing to sacrifice the Son and to raise Him back to life and put everything beneath His feet for the sake of His glory and the salvation of those the Son loved. The Holy Spirit is willing to live inside of us, mere creatures, and suffer what we suffer and strengthen us patiently for the sake of the Father and Son’s glory and the good of those They and He love.
This is an unbelievable love. In fact, “No one has greater love than this, that someone would lay down his life for His friends” (John 15:13).
This love is ours. This powerful, death-defying, unending, unconditional love is directed by Father, Son, and Holy Spirit to us.
I’ve always heard that you have to be secure in the knowledge that you’re loved to love others well. I have truly begun to experience how accepting and abiding in God’s love changes me as I have come to grasp the depths of the wonder of the love God has for me.
The knowledge of this love is victory. No fear can keep its hold on me. I struggle with a slew of fears; who doesn’t? But I can reject them now because nothing can separate me from God’s love. Not my sin. Not anyone else’s sin. Not my past. Not my future. If I am loved, I am safe.
So are you. Will you let the love of God become the foundation, the soil, from which you grow and bear fruit and love others with the love you have received?