God’s love in Christ

Blessings to you! I pray you are remaining encouraged in the Lord. 

What a year it has been thus far… I thank God for giving me grace to continue this dialogue with you on His love. I first introduced this adventure in December 2021. Now, what is the reason for the long wait? The Lord knows. Believe me, I’ve asked myself the same; but over the past few months, I’ve been asking Him to give me grace to share the truth of His love in words for you to digest whenever and wherever. The past two years I’ve been so overwhelmed by His love- and what He’s revealed to me concerning it that I couldn’t find the words to articulate it. Today I praise Him for giving my mind the language to communicate His love to you in words.

Over the next weeks join me as we meditate on Romans 8:38-39 and other noteworthy scriptures on God’s love in this new blog series.

Romans 8:38-39 is a well-known verse around the globe among Christians and ( even some nonbelievers). However, I feel some of us haven’t fully grasped how profound, powerful, and heavenly this scripture is! In addition to the mystery and answer it contains as it relates to our faith walk, preparing for the end-times, and awaiting Jesus’ soon return.

Who knows? Perhaps God purposed me to come back at this time for you, to encourage each other as we embark this season, a season in which many desperately need to know His love and for others, be reminded of it the most.

Today we continue this adventure by focusing on being “In Christ” as it relates to God’s love. Romans 8:38 starts with Paul saying, “And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love.” He was answering a question that was either rhetorical or was a legitimate question someone had asked him prior about God’s love.

Maybe some Christians present at the time were going through trials, and because of that, they began to question, “Does God love me?” “If so, why am I going through this?” Paul, a man who dealt with intense trials of his own, proceeded to answer this question with more details, saying that the presence of trials or oppositions doesn’t mean God doesn’t love them. Paul said, “I am convinced…nothing can ever separate us from God’s love…. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love… No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord” ( vv 38-39).

In Christ, my friend, changes everything! The love of God is only revealed, or rather, the love of God saves daily because we are in His Son, Jesus. God’s love is eternal, mega, and surpasses our understanding. But it is when we accept God’s beloved Son and remain in Him, we are inseparable from His love! Paul knew this because he encountered Jesus on His way to Damascus, and since that moment, he never detached himself from the King of Kings.

Our fight in this life is not a matter of who we are or what we have acquired; it is a matter of how much we love and remain in Christ despite our trials and triumphs! You see, if we are not careful, we can even let our triumphs keep us from pursuing Jesus. Paul was a man who pursued the Scripture, the Law, but he didn’t truly know what it meant to pursue God until that life-changing encounter with the Word Himself, Jesus the Christ! Like Paul, during this journey, I pray you would be fully convinced that the love of God surrounds you in every circumstance.

Until next time… stay encouraged!

-JLP

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