Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Daily - 9/17/08

Romans 8:35-39

35 What will separate us from the love of Christ? Will anguish, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or the sword?

36 As it is written: "For your sake we are being slain all the day; we are looked upon as sheep to be slaughtered."

37 No, in all these things we conquer overwhelmingly through him who loved us.

38 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor present things, nor future things, nor powers,

39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

If angels or principalities can’t separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus, then we can’t either. There are people out there who think they are too far gone, that they can’t be forgiven for what they’ve done in their lives. But the teaching is clear – the road is always open to repentance and acceptance of God’s limitless mercy and forgiveness.

If you haven’t done this recently, you should really take the time to read Romans 7 and Romans 8 together. Romans 7 speaks of the duality in which we live – new creations in Christ, yet still stuck in our worldly bodies. Romans 8 discusses how Christ delivers us from that duality, and the glorious path that Christ has built for us.