Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” 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.
God Allows Hardship
People who become Christians in order to avoid hardship are going to be surprised.
Christians suffer hardship in spite of being Christian. They have problems in life, both personal and family troubles. They go through whatever their countries are going through, even war or famine.
Christians suffer hardship because of being Christian. They take moral stands that do not match what is socially acceptable. They believe things that are considered foolish. Sometimes their lives are even in danger.
But it is still worthwhile to become a Christian. How can that be true?
Christians receive the love of God that is in Christ Jesus. God loves them because of what Jesus did for them. Jesus was slaughtered for their sins. They are forgiven. Jesus faced death and hell in their place. They will go to heaven.
God’s love is so powerful that nothing is able to separate Christians from it. Time cannot dim God’s love, and evil things cannot talk him out of it. Through Christ Jesus their Lord, Christians are confident of God’s continuing love.
Does God still love them even when bad things happen to them? Absolutely and completely. Nothing will be able to separate them from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus their Lord.
Thank you for your love even through hardship, Lord. Amen.