If God is For Us

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"What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else? Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one—for God himself has given us right standing with himself. Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, 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 hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? (As 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 God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord." - Romans 8:31-39

The core truth of the gospel is found in Romans 8:31: "God is for us." Paul builds upon this core truth to help us understand what it means. As it was for Paul and for the early followers of Jesus Christ, our life is full of hardships. God, who loves us, will never abandon us. Jesus Christ proves this love through his ministry, death, and resurrection. He does not condemn us. He loves us and intercedes for us (vs. 34).

If we don't already understand it, we hear it almost in shouts in the closing verses of this passage. Whatever happens, we are "more than conquerors through him who loved us" (vs. 37). No hardship on earth can do away with God's love for us in Jesus Christ. Paul says, "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'. (vs. 38-39).

What does it mean to you that God is for you? What difference does that truth make in your daily life?

How have you seen God's love at work for you during times of hardship or pain?

Lord, I know that since You are standing with me, going before me, hedging me in with your grace and your power, there is nothing I cannot do! Thank You for this love and protection. Amen.
Dec 22 2017