No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 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. Romans 8:37-39
Our culture doesn't quite know what to do with love. We often react in two vastly different ways when someone else directs their love towards us. We either receive the love because in our mind we feel we deserve it, or we reject it because we don't deem ourselves as worthy.
Regardless of our reaction, we're instantly placed on a treadmill of having to earn our keep. When we live in this way, we will always be disappointed. Freedom never comes.
If we're not loved, we will resort to manipulation. People turn into pawns we use to get the love we desperately want to feel and experience. Attention quickly becomes a cheap and viable substitute. Our grasp for love and attention speaks to something deeper going on below the surface of our heart. Every longing we feel to be loved is a longing for God.
Our concept of love is vastly different than what we witness through the life of Christ. The Gospel is the good news of Jesus Christ- His life, His death, His resurrection. He came to repair our connection with our Creator and establish His Kingdom. What would motivate such a thing? John 3:16 makes it clear that the motive behind the Gospel is God's love.
Romans 5:8 says that while we were still sinners and enemies of God, Christ died for us. Karl Barth, a noted theologian, after writing thousands of pages on doctrine and theological insight, concluded that God is the "One who loves."
Love pierces and exposes because it believes. Love holds and consoles because it endures. Love ultimately draws and calls because it never fails. It is love that allows us to be vulnerable and confirms that we are valuable. How? By meeting us where we are and bringing us hope for the life we were made to live. There is no longer a need to prove, earn, or wonder. Christ's love meets us right where we are at in the middle of our mess.
The love of the Father gets imprinted on our heart and brings us face to face with His call on our lives. God made us. God called us, God gave us a purpose. The call of God is His invitation into the life of God. It is the resurrection that seals the availability of this life forever. We can live a life without regret.
Our sin forgiven, our call secured, our victory won. But, the impact of this truth hinges on how we respond. What will your response be to encountering Christ's love?
What makes you doubt that nothing can separate you from the love of Christ?
God, I'm overwhelmed by Your love. It boggles my mind that all You ask is that I respond to Your invitation. May I not hesitate. May I instead run to You with open arms. In Your name, Jesus. Amen.