Romans–Passionate Christian Theology
With God, everything is brighter, and becomes more clear. Hope is lifted, our confidence because of Christ in us returns. Has life knocked you down? Do you think all is lost and you can’t go on? Think again, these next words will lift you up and cause you to shout praises and glory to God! With God, we REALLY CAN”T lose. Meditate on these words all day long and see what a difference it makes in living Life.
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.
Dear Heavenly Father, I had to read this part again this morning because my desire is to not just be impressed by the words but to live life today because these words are woven into my being. Help us all, Lord to live absolutely convinced by how much You love us. The more we are convinced of Your love for us, the greater love we have for each other. Thank you, Lord. Bring peace to this day as we live expectantly, looking for You in every detail of every moment. In Jesus Name, Amen. I believe.