Tuesday, January 27, 2009

The resolute love of God for us

Romans 8 (The Message)

31-39 So, what do you think? With God on our side like this, how can we lose? If God didn't hesitate to put everything on the line for us, embracing our condition and exposing himself to the worst by sending his own Son, is there anything else he wouldn't gladly and freely do for us? And who would dare tangle with God by messing with one of God's chosen? Who would dare even to point a finger? The One who died for us—who was raised to life for us!—is in the presence of God at this very moment sticking up for us. Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between us and Christ's love for us? There is no way! Not trouble, not hard times, not hatred, not hunger, not homelessness, not bullying threats, not backstabbing, not even the worst sins listed in Scripture:

They kill us in cold blood because they hate you.
We're sitting ducks; they pick us off one by one.

None of this fazes us because Jesus loves us. I'm absolutely convinced that nothing—nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable—absolutely nothing can get between us and God's love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us.

God’s love is tenacious. The love of the Father, as described in the story of the ‘prodigal son’, reflects His unflinching love for us. We may give up on Him, but He does not.

Nothing can ever separate us from His love, absolutely nothing. His love is always there, seeking us out. Let not the enemy gain any ground in condemning us that God’s love has disappeared because of what we think we did wrong- He is always there to receive us when we come back to Him. He is not a fickle-minded God whose love is conditional like us, He is a God of love who loves unconditionally, ever ready to accept us despite.

God’s love can neither be increased or diminished by our efforts, His love is unconditional. That is grace, that is the lifestyle of ever increasing glory of new covenant believing. Enjoy His endless love for us. Rejoice.

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