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.
This is the crescendo of an amazing chapter. The author Paul sums up His long and complex doctrinal arguments by assuring us that “we are more than conquerors through Him who loves us.” Our authority comes not from money, status, job title, material possessions, friends, family name or citizenship. Our victory is because God loves us. God. Loves. Us.
And that love is like nothing else. Neither death nor life. Angels nor demons. Not present things. Not future things. No powers in this world. No height is greater; no depth is deeper. NOTHING can separate us from the amazing love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
So, while Paul’s letter to the Romans may have a lot to offer in terms of the tenets of the Christian faith, let us not lose sight of what is at its core: that the God of the universe loves us and all good things come as we receive that love into our lives through a relationship with our Savior Jesus Christ (Charlie).
Thoughts for the day
- In what areas of your life has God made you a “conqueror?”?
- How can you better grasp the infinite greatness of God’s love?
Pray for those who are in prison.