The Father's Love thru The Son

Josh Wilkinson has written our devotion for today.  It is a powerful reminder of The Love of The Father through Jesus The Son.  Enjoy!

"Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?  As it is written,

 'For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.'

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 8.35-39

The book of Romans is a letter written in 57 A.D. from the apostle Paul to the church in Rome.  In an effort to provide a solid foundation for which the Romans could better understand salvation, Paul's first eight chapters in Romans deal with fundamental truths in the Christian faith. While Romans 8 contributes greatly to these truths, this chapter also wraps up Paul's outlining of salvation. Starting in Romans 8.35, Paul's writing crescendos with the theme of Christ's unfailing, unending, unchangeable love until the chapter ends with verse 39. Before we discuss the meaning of these verses, it is important to recognize who Paul is writing these words to. While the recipients of this letter belonged to the Roman church, the phrases Paul uses throughout chapter 8 (such as "those who are in Christ Jesus", "all who are being led by the Spirit of God", and "we {who} have been saved") point to the larger group of all of Christ's followers. God's love as described in this particular chapter, therefore, focuses on Christians as opposed to all of humanity. The entire purpose of these five verses is to show that once you accept God's gift of eternal life, absolutely nothing can stop God from loving you. Since this is such a gigantic and amazing truth, Paul uses specific examples to illustrate his point (tribulation, persecution, death, rulers etc.). However, his list is far from exhaustive. Since Romans 8 shows us that God's love will surpass truly any weakness, sin, or situation we might find ourselves in, our specific struggles (no matter how great) can be added to Paul's list. For I am convinced that habitual lies, theft, doubt, guilt, anger, pride, envy, lust, idolatry, hatred, drug addiction, pornographic addiction, sex outside of marriage, rape, verbal / physical / sexual abuse, murder and literally anything else you could possibly think of can't even begin to lessen how immensely much Jesus Christ is in love with you. Does it not flood your heart with joy to know that we can commit the vilest and ugliest of sins and be welcomed back in the Father's arms with the same amount of cross-bearing love? Is it not the sweetest and loveliest thing to know that we can't possibly obtain the power to direct the amount of love God shows towards us? Do you not want to shout it from the mountain-tops that we will forever be more than conquerors because of His love and His love alone? As explicitly shown through Jesus's suffering and death, this eternal love of our Savior knows no boundaries. His love breaks though every chain we find ourselves bound in. Therefore, my brothers and sisters, let us praise Christ ceaselessly today for the love that we could never, ever, ever earn by ourselves. For He is worthy.