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YAL: Week 1 – Tuesday: Romans 8:37-39

Today, we will look at a verse that I’ve studied before. A pretty famous few verses out of Romans. Context is important, so I’ve added the entire passage here, but our focus will be on verses 37-39.

More Than Conquerors

31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? 33 Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 34 Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written:

“For your sake we face death all day long;
    we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”

37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 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.


I really like how The Message and The Voice wrote these verses too. No doubt in any of these verse that nothing will separate us from God’s love!

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. (The Message)

37 But no matter what comes, we will always taste victory through Him who loved us. 38 For I have every confidence that nothing—not death, life, heavenly messengers, dark spirits, the present, the future, spiritual powers, 39 height, depth, nor any created thing—can come between us and the love of God revealed in the Anointed, Jesus our Lord. (The Voice)

I also looked at the NKJV and the NLT, which gave the same message. I know sometimes different versions will give a very different interpretation, but these verses stayed very much the same.

Observation

No matter what version you look at, verse 37 reminds us that nothing can separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord! And verse 38 gives us the reassurance that no matter what it is we face (good, bad, dark, evil, present, future, thinkable, unthinkable, height, depth) it cannot take away God’s love for us that came from how Jesus loved us and died for us!

These verses remind me of the sacrifice Jesus made for me, and what I was given by that sacrifice. God’s never-ending love and the eternal bond.

Application

One thing I am learning as I study the bible and scripture is that if God says something, I don’t need to doubt it. I don’t need to continue trying harder thinking it will get me more than the unlimited love, blessings, grace, mercy and forgiveness God has already given me. By thinking I need to earn it (or earn more of it), I am simply calling God a liar! I don’t want to do that, so I believe that there is nothing I can do, or have done, or will do, that would ever separate me from the love of God through His Son, Jesus!

Prayer

Dear Lord, I often forget that You are all I need. I sometimes get caught up in trying to do things thinking it’s what I have to do to win Your approval. I’m sorry for thinking this way and not believing Your Word. Help me to remember that you are in everything and that I can never run from You. Even when I think You are not near, May I never lose sight of the unending love You show to me in every second of my existence. In Jesus Name, I pray. Amen.

 

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