Friday, April 03, 2020

In their own words: Day 38

Romans 8.31-37

What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not withhold his own Son, but gave him up for all of us, will he not with him also give us everything else? Who will bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? It is Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us. Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, ‘For your sake we are being killed all day long; we are accounted 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, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

The Roman Christians were well aware of the dangers of following Christ. Intermittent waves of persecution had meant that many of them had probably seen friends and family killed. Paul had suffered much already, and would eventually be killed by the Romans, but he is confident in the face of suffering, because nothing can separate him from God’s love.

What sustains you in hard times? 

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