Who Will Ascend? …God’s Love is Strong

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?  As it is written:

“For Your sake we are killed all day long;
We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.”

Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.  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 8:35-39

God’s love ascends above all our circumstances.  It pervades and seeps into every crevice of our lives.  Even when we don’t feel loved or don’t feel lovable, God is still pouring out His own love toward us each and every day.

We sing about His love never failing all the time.  But do we really understand what that means?  Why do we sing of His unfailing love, yet act as if the smallest thing could cause His love to cease?  We have a tendency to view God’s love as fickle and sensitive, as if it could be set off to explode into destruction by one false move.  We would not say that we view God’s love in this way, but we act like it.

I know that there are times in my life when I was convicted of my sin, and I felt like hiding myself from God.  Why?  Perhaps it is because, in that moment, I was afraid of His love running out.  After everything that I had done, I could not believe that He could possibly still show any form of love toward me.  But that’s just it.  His love isn’t like our love.  His ways are not like our ways.  Even in the most difficult of circumstances, His love is strong!  His love is stronger than any weapon that the enemy could use against us.  His love is stronger than any doubt in our hearts.  His love is truer than anything we could imagine.  For even the most dependable thing we know about on this earth is subject to failure.  God’s love never fails.

If you feel unloved today, don’t let your feelings deceive you.  No one is unlovable in God’s eyes.  God’s love is not an excuse for us to sin, nor is it a reason for us to live apart from Him.  Rather, God’s love is what draws us to our knees in repentance.  God’s love is what demonstrates the mercy and justice of His character.  God’s love is what pulls us closer to Him.  Resist not the power of God’s love.  By the power of His love, He is calling us closer to Him.

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