Devotional for Wednesday October 7th

Good Morning Everyone,
 
Our theme for this month: “You are loved”
 
Our Bible verse for today: “Who can separate us from the love of Christ? Can affliction or distress or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?” Romans 8:35 (CSB)
 
Our thought for today: “Nothing can separate you from God’s love.”
 
Romans 8:35-39 is one of the most reassuring and comforting passages in the New Testament. Paul assures us that the love of Christ is so complete and so secure that we can never lose it. Here’s some more of what he wrote:
 
“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
 
The meaning of this passage is foundational to an accurate understanding of our relationship with God through Christ. Once we belong to God through faith in Jesus, we possess a depth and degree of His love that is as complete and as secure as it could possibly be. Paul explains that once we have come to the Father through the Son, there is nothing in all creation that can separate us from Him. Nothing in life and not even death itself can separate us from God’s love. There are no angels (not even demonic angels) who can take God’s love away from us; there are no powers strong enough to do it; there is no height or depth extreme enough to separate us from Him; there is nothing in all creation that can do it.
 
Once you belong to God by means of having been adopted into His family through your faith in Christ, He will never let you go. That’s the theological doctrine known as “the security of the believer” and it teaches “once saved always saved”. There’s nothing that can now separate you from God. You’re too important to Him for Him to ever let you go now that you are His.
 
That even means that your sinful behavior can’t separate you from Him. Of course, there are consequences for sinful behaviors, you do lose blessings and you do suffer in many ways in this lifetime as a result of sinning, but God doesn’t love you any less and you can never lose your salvation because of it.
 
Be assured today that God loves you so much that there is nothing in this world or the next, in the physical realm or in the spiritual world, in the present or in the future, that can separate you from Him.
 
God Bless,
Pastor Jim
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