Who will separate us?

Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will trouble, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we encounter death all day long; we were considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we have complete victory through him who loved us! For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor heavenly rulers, nor things that are present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. -Romans 8:35-39 NLT

The lie that many believe is the one that whispers "If you do that He will not love you!" It is hard to really believe that something like sacrificial or unconditional love really exists. Our experiences in life has taught us that people often withhold love. Life also teaches us that human love can often be self centered. So how is it possible that God could love us with no expectation of that love being returned? How can His love be so pure, sacrificial and unconditional?

I really do not understand this kind of love. I am blown away by the idea that there is nothing that can separate me from God's love. I have sensed God's presence in my life in my darkest moments. He was there a week ago when I shared at my sister's memorial service. He was there when I first heard of her passing. He has heard the groanings of my heart and His love has comforted me in this awful pain. In Him I am meeting and overcoming my greatest challenges.

Teach us Lord to love the way that you love. Help us to get past our human limitations and embrace unconditional love.

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