Today’s bible study is Romans 8:38-39: For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
This familiar verse is one that we probably first learned as children. Essentially, it is reassuring s that there is absolutely nothing that can separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. There is nothing on heaven or earth, nothing in this life or in the life yet to come, powerful enough to separate us from the love of God.
If this is true, why do we become so separated from God’s love at so many times during our lives? Why do some people, all of whom are God’s children, choose such wrong paths in life and become so desperately separated from His love?
It is our choices, behavior, and spirituality that cause us to be separated or not. Those who choose to live their lives in ways that are contrary to the love of God and the teachings of Jesus will, invariably become separated from the love of God. They may never even think of it and will go about their lives in ways that fly in the face of all Christian doctrine. There are people set upon hurting each other, and we are especially aware of those who harm children, often in ways too sordid to describe. There are some who choose to destroy the temples of their bodies by poor living choices, rather than making them glowing examples of health and wellness. And there are those bent upon theft, arson, gambling, laziness, jealousy, greed, and deception.
These people are quite certainly separated of God through our Lord Jesus Christ. In some cases, they will try to set their ways right and return to the love of God. Too often, they will not do so and will continue to live without the love of God in their hearts.
Then there are those of us who are aware of the Love of Jesus almost constantly and are able to feel the love of god in our hearts and our souls every moment of our lives. We take a few seconds throughout the day to thank the Lord, to ask God for guidance when making decisions, and to remember our Lord Jesus Christ in everything we say and do. We are the ones who cannot be separated.
Yes, there are many things in our lives that we can become separated from. We can become separated from our parents and children, friends and neighbors. Sometimes we become separates geographically, sometimes through hurt and anger, sometimes simply through circumstance. Too often our friends and family members come in and out of our lives, keeping no real sense of permanency. Yet we have one who will never leave us and will always love us with constancy. When we are at one with the Holy Spirit, no power can separate us from the love of God.
At studylight.org. Clark’s Commentary encapsulated this in one brief and meaningful explanation: For I am persuaded, after the blessed experience we have had of support by the grace and Spirit of him that loved us, that neither fear of death, nor hope of life, nor evil angels, nor principalities, nor powers, persecuting us for Christ's sake; nor the things we endure at present, nor the things to come, whatever tribulation we may be called to suffer in future.
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