Tears ran down Keira’s cheeks as Dad drove off. She pulled away from her mother and ran down the street. She heard Mom call her name, but she ran faster. Today was the worst day of her life!
Earlier that morning, Mom and Dad sat on opposite ends of the couch and calmly spoke the words that tore her world apart. “We still love you, Kiera. We just can’t live together anymore.” The words had pierced her heart.
Kiera finally stopped running and sat on a swing at the neighbourhood park. She could no longer cry; she felt empty.
As the weeks went by, Kiera’s life fell into a new pattern. After school on weekdays, she and her mother cooked dinner and spent the evenings together. On Fridays, her father picked her up after school, and she went to his apartment for the weekend. They had fun, but it just wasn’t the same as having him home.
One Friday Kiera’s father called to say he couldn’t come. After that, Dad sometimes came, and sometimes he didn’t. When he told her he was going to get married and she would have stepbrothers and a stepsister, she wasn’t quite sure where she fit in anymore.
A few weeks later, Kiera agreed to go to church with Mrs. Mason, who lived next door. The lesson was about the love of God. Kiera listened as the pastor talked. Love comes and goes, thought Kiera. One day you’re a family, and the next you’re lost somewhere in the middle. Tears began to well up, and when the sermon was over and everyone got up to leave, she stayed in her seat.
“What’s wrong, Kiera?” asked Mrs. Mason.
“Love’s not like what the pastor said,” replied Kiera. “Dad doesn’t love us like that.”
“God’s love isn’t like human love, “said Mrs. Mason gently. “God loves His children perfectly, and nothing can separate them from His love. He will always be there for them, no matter what.”
“Are you sure?” asked Kiera. It would be wonderful to be loved like that, she thought.
“Yes,” said Mrs. Mason. “Why don’t you and your mother come over for lunch and I’ll tell you more about it.”
In this passage Paul asks for a response to a question that doesn’t have an answer. Some realities are so awe-inspiring that the only proper response is silence. The question “who can be against us?” would have many answers. Anyone able to take away salvation would have to be greater than God.
God was willing to give His Son to restore our relationship with Him. That’s how much He loves us. If He was willing to give up Jesus for us, He will be willing to give us anything we want provided that it is good for us and that it fits into His plan for our lives.
Satan is called “the accuser of our brethren” in Revelation 12:10, but those charges can’t stand because the One who justifies is also the One who judges. For example, when a woman who was accused of adultery was brought before Jesus, He did not condemn her. If God the judge refuses to condemn us, who can be against us? Believers are protected by Christ’s crucifixion, resurrection, exaltation and intercession.
God knows that every day we try to live for Him, we are fighting a spiritual battle. Satan doesn’t want us to serve God. He’d rather hurt us than see us become conquerors with Christ. Through the powers of Jesus, we can defeat the enemy and become great warriors in God’s kingdom.
In verse 35, Paul is not talking about one’s love for Christ when he speaks of the love of Christ. Paul is speaking of Christ’s love for people. Christ’s love is a safeguard against the difficulties of life. None of the seven threats Paul lists can separate believers from God. Our love for God is so strong that it will survive all opposition and trials. Our love is so strong that we will be willing to endure all of life’s trials, just like the love the saints in the Bible had for God allowed them to endure the hardships they faced. Not even death can separate us from God’s love if we are believers. When we die, we will be immediately ushered into God’s presence.
Paul’s words bring out the truth that for God’s people there is real risk and a call for real devotion. Christians might be tempted to think that because the love of Christ is so real and so unshakeable they need not fear that they will run into trouble. Scripture shows that while the love is sure, so are troubles. Paul says, “We are being killed all day long.” It is real and not imaginary anger that Christians face.
The phrase “more than conquerors” means “over and above victory.” Believers are super conquerors! We will gain the victory over all of life’s trials. Our faith won’t be destroyed. Not even evil spirits will be able to defeat us.
Paul begins verse 36 with the phrase “we know,” and ends with the more personal phrase “I am persuaded.” Knowing truth and being persuaded of it are different things. Paul knows God’s truth, but because he has also experienced most of what he is writing, he says with confidence that nothing can separate him from God’s love.
If we think God can’t really love us, we are wrong. All we have to do is commit this passage from Romans to memory. God is there whether we walk away from Him or not. God’s acceptance is based on Christ’s death and resurrection and not on our own merit.
When we pray, God is looking at our hearts more than anything else, because that’s His main concern. Prayer is inviting God. It is like the relationship between a parent and a child. It keeps us in touch with God, and God wants to stay in touch with us. With God on our side, we don’t need anything else. God plus one equals a majority. When we let God’s Word flood our lives with truth, we are changed by the height, depth and width of His love for us.
- Pastor Rick Warren, “Fear Not: God is for You!” Retrieved from www.pastorrick.com
- Gwen Smith, “A Truth That Will Change Your Life.” Retrieved from https://www.crosswalk.com/devotional/girlfriends-in-god-november-8-2017.html