The Deep, Deep Love of Jesus

Suffering has been a hallmark of God’s faithful people throughout history. Loved by God and yet appointed to suffer for Him. Why is that a logical connection?

In Romans 8:36, “it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” This statement of suffering is placed in the middle of what looks like a multiple choice question in a test of faith:

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? (v. 35)

a) Trouble
b) Hardship
c) Persecution
d) Famine
e) Nakedness
f) Danger
g) Sword
h) None of the above, “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us” (v. 37).

Look at the list again. Christians are on a constant, irrevocable trajectory of eternal life. Things may happen along the way to highlight the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus which can only be plumbed in its every dimension by facing the physical, emotional, spiritual, and perseverance multiple choice testing of our faith.

Our hope in Christ will not be changed by anything. His love is deep and unchanging so we can proclaim along with the Apostle Paul, “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 8:38-39.

Categories Devotionals | Tags: | Posted on February 14, 2011

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