35 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? 36 (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”[ 37 No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. 38 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. 39 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.
Love has become a very mundane thing in society. People say they love us when they really mean that they like us. People say they love us and then hurt and leave us.
Our perceptions of love have become very twisted because of this. So now, whenever we hear that God truly loves us, the words fall on deaf ears.
We think “how could God love me” when my loved one dies, my boyfriend or girlfriend, husband or wife leaves without any good reason, I’ve lost my job. And then he says that nothing separates us from His love.
So I asked God this morning, how do I know that you really love me? Because when I think about it, anything that I want to happen depends on His love for me. If anything goes wrong, I assume that He doesn’t and if anything goes right, I assume that He does.
Well…after waiting to hear from Him, I got nothing. But in getting nothing I think I got the answer.
God’s love is not determined by what He does, and does not do. We’ve been trained to think that because that’s how we know when ‘people’ love us. But God’s love is determined by the fact that He says He loves us. Numbers 23:19 says that “God is not a man, so he does not lie. He is not human, so he does not change his mind. Has he ever spoken and failed to act? Has he ever promised and not carried it through?”
The most interesting thing about God, I think, is that whatever He says, happens. Someone once said that even if God were to say that the sky was green, the sky would have to turn to green despite the fact that it is blue. So when God says that He loves us…He loves us. Whatever real love is, has to be manifested simply because He said it.
Whatever you’re going through, remember that. There’s nothing that can change his love for you. No matter what happens. It simply is.
As simple as it sounds, it’s a hard thing to wrap your mind and heart around this truth. We’ve simply had too many sad excuses of love. But if you can wrap your mind around it, and your heart, perhaps you can set a standard for what real love looks like. Let’s pray:
Father, teach me to understand what real love is. And that despite all the bad representations of love I have seen, that you love me. Help me to understand that even if I don’t see your hand, that you still love me. In Jesus name. Amen.