Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
The day we understand that Christ’s love for us is unconditional, then our walk through life will be different. Will His love be distant from us in our tribulation? Would Jesus stop loving us when we are in anguish? Would the Lord be able to stop loving us when we need? Is His love insufficient to protect us from danger? In truth, the love of Christ will always be present in our lives, in good times and in bad times.
Our passage through life is not always pleasing and pleasant. There are those who come to Jesus’ feet in their worst moments. I cannot deny I was one of them. Sometimes we hear that we are told that if we become Christians our lives will be happier and more prosperous. But is this true? If I told you that my problems disappeared when I became Jesus Christ, I would be the most lying man in existence. The truth is that I have continued to have difficulties and new problems have appeared that I did not have before.
If we read and meditate on the words of Jesus contained in the four Gospels, we can realize that He never promised those who believed in Him that things were going to be easy. In Matthew 16:24 we read, Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.” To deny oneself implies giving up the things that we like and make us happy. Taking the cross is synonymous with facing difficulties. So we are warned that following Christ will come accompanied by harsh trials.
Matthew 28:19-20 contains the last ordinance of the Lord, which we know today as the Great Commission: Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. Besides the commandment, here is a great promise, He will be with us all the time, to the end of the world, no matter what happens.
The two questions that the Apostle Paul asks in Romans 8:35, have their answers later in Romans 8:38-39: For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. There is absolutely nothing and no one can separate us from the love of God, which is manifested through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Today you could think that your situation is desperate, that you must pay several months of rent in the house where you live and that the owner is already throwing you away. Perhaps you have before you a trial in which you could be guilty and you will go to jail. Or you have been diagnosed with a terminal illness. By going through these things, you might think that God does not love you, that He forgot you exist. The Word of God tells you that none of these things can separate you from the love of God. Whether they miraculously forgive you the debt of the rent or you end up in the street; whether the judge has mercy on you by declaring you innocent or applying the maximum penalty; whether you live or die, the love of Christ will remain in you anyway. God bless you.