Today for Lent, as we move closer to the resurrection of our Lord, we examine Romans 8:36-39.
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? (8:37)
As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:36-39)
It’s hard to fathom the depth and breadth of God’s love isn’t it?? Sometimes I wonder how a holy, sinless, perfect God could even think about loving me. At the same time I’m reminded my sin is not what defines me anymore. God doesn’t view me through the lens of my sin (thankfully!). He sees me through the lens of His grace. The fact is God loves everybody. But, He can only fully identify with us when we repent of our sin, acknowledge His forgiveness, accept His grace and believe in Jesus who makes all of those things possible. He doesn’t want anyone to live a life of defeat because of the effects of sin. Remember his greatest desire to be in relationship with every person.
So, with Christ and His power we are declared “more than conquerors”. What is it today that you have not conquered in your life? What is holding you back and keeping you chained up inside? Will you allow God to help you finally let it go?
My prayer for you today is that you fully know and embrace the love that God has for you, and that you take hold of the power of Christ that has conquered sin and death.