Scripture: Rom. 8:28–39
Key verses: (38-39) For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 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.
Reflection: There are many magnificent passages in Scripture – the Ten Commandments, the 23rd Psalm, the Beatitudes, John 3:16, the Great Commandment – all memorable and profoundly express the core our religious tradition.
But, at least in my mind, outside of Jesus’ own words to us, there is none more magnificent, more inspiring, more comforting, more grace-filled than Paul’s words to the church in Rome found in Romans chapter 8. Paul wrote to the church in Rome even though he hadn’t been there. In his letter, he wanted to lay out a coherent case for believing that Jesus was the Christ, the Messiah. He laid out his arguments logically and tried to anticipate the hearer’s likely objections. But, in what can only be described as an experience of divine inspiration, Paul became more than a theologian and a logical thinker. He became a prophetic poet.
In soaring language, he proclaims with absolute certainty the all-encompassing and sovereign love of God toward US! Moving from logical argument to the language of passionate love, he proclaims that in every circumstance of life God is working for the good, overcoming every barrier between us and God, and ensuring that nothing, on earth or in heaven, will ever separate us from the love of God.
Hold on to this. In good times, and especially in bad, Paul’s words will anchor you and sustain you.
Hold on to this.
For I am convinced
that neither death, nor life,
nor angels, nor rulers,
nor things present, nor things to come,
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.
Prayer: Your steadfast love endures forever, O God. Help us to believe, to trust, to hold on to your love which will never let us go. In the name of love embodied, Jesus the Christ, we pray. Amen.
Author: Von Clemans
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].