The Love of God

February 9, 2011

“For I am persuaded  that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created  thing,
shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ  Jesus our Lord.”
Romans 8:38-39 (NKJV)

God’s love is beyond measure. These words were written to a church that would soon undergo terrible persecution. In just a few years, Paul’s hypothetical situations would turn into painful realities. This passage reaffirms God’s profound love for his people. No matter what happens to us, no matter where we are, we can never be lost to his love. Suffering should not drive us away from God; it should help us  to identify with him further and allow his love to reach us and heal us.

God’s love is eternal. These verses contain one of the most comforting promises in all Scripture. Believers have always had to face hardships in many forms: persecution, illness, imprisonment, even death. These could 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 stop Christ’s constant presence with us. 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.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that  whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”  John  3:16 (NKJV)

God’s love is sacrificial. The entire gospel comes to  a focus in this verse. God’s love is not
static or self-centered; it reaches out  and draws others in. Here God sets the pattern of true love, the basis for all  love relationships—when you love someone dearly, you are willing to pay dearly  for that person’s responsive love. God paid dearly with the life of his Son, the  highest price he could pay. Jesus accepted our punishment, paid the price for  our sins, and then offered us the new life that he had bought for us. When we  share the gospel with others, our love must be like Jesus’. We must be willing  to give up our own comfort and
security so that others might join us in  receiving God’s love.