Hate draws distinctions between people and viewpoints and creates conflict. Hate builds walls between people and causes great division. Hate is capable of separating even what were once close relationships. However, love does just the opposite of all this. Love draws. Love binds together. Love considers others and their needs regardless of who they might be. That is the selfless love taught from Scripture. (i.e. Matthew 5:44; 1 Corinthians 13:4-8) That is the love demonstrated by the One of Whom love is His very essence. (1 John 4:8)

Though sin separates us from God (Isaiah 59:2), compelled by His great love (Romans 5:8) He provided our means of drawing near by the blood of Christ. (Ephesians 2:13) Since in that love God did not even spare the Son on our behalf, why should we ever question His love in regard to anything else? (Romans 8:32)

Paul posed the question. . .

(35) Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? (Romans 8:35)

Those are things which may be experienced in this life. They can be a source of great discouragement! However, Paul faced such as a servant of the Lord (Romans 8:36) and pressed on without losing hope. He went on to encouragingly write. . .

(37) No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. (38) For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, (39) 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. (Romans 8:37-39 ESV)

Wow! God’s love is mightier than any of that! God is able to turn even the greatest of life’s trials into victories as we remain responsive to His inseparable love! May our hope remain steadfastly in His ever abiding love!


By: Carl


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