Truth of the Week 7: Nothing Can Separate Us

by Catherine King and Jenny Cioto

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 created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. NKJV

I love the commentary under this verse in my Bible – “If God, the uncreated One, is for us, and no created thing can separate us, then our security in Him is absolute.”

We could end this entry here. We won’t – but we could. Let us discuss how we can use this truth to walk confidently in the knowledge in two very important things.

  1. If nothing can separate us from His love, then He loves us. God loves us. God loves you. When Paul was writing to the Romans he addresses his audience “To all who are in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints (Ch. 1:7). This tells us this is good information for all who are called to be saints – he was addressing those specifically in Rome at the time. Saints are those of us who are called and who have received Christ as Savior. If you are saved, you are beloved of God. Just let that truth sink in for a few.
  2. Paul was persuaded nothing could separate us from God’s love. Greek for persuaded from New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible: to convince by argument, to evidence or authority, to rely by inward certainty, agree, assure, believe, have confidence, trust, yield. And in Hebrew: something authoritatively said, an edict, commandment, decree. Paul was fabulously convinced and confident God’s love will never leave us.

God will never take His love away and we can’t have it taken away by anything. No matter what you feel like you’ve done, no matter how badly you have failed one of life’s inevitable tests, no matter if you love yourself or not – He loves you.

Personally, it took me a long time to even understand that God loved me. Like – really loved me. Growing up I saw God as this huge entity in the sky and a long time ago He sent Jesus and now I had the Spirit, whatever that really meant. I didn’t feel loved. In fact, I hardly loved myself. I had fake confidence that I hid behind like a superhero mask that covers ¾ of your face. It wasn’t until my lowest point and struggling with post-partum that I sought after God and I found Him and His love for me. It completely changed how I saw myself when I realized that God of the universe loved me, Catherine, with all my flaws. I was worthy of His love and no amount of me not having it at all figured out was going to keep His love from chasing me down and guiding me into a place where I would receive His love in a partial understanding (because man I have a lot more to learn) and a significant revelation of what it means to be His.

Confidence in my life and in myself made a U-turn. By no means let me mislead you into thinking I have it all figured out but my lightbulb above my head went off and it may have dimmed along paths where I lost my way a bit but it has never gone out.

You are His if you have confessed with your mouth and believe in your heart that God raised Jesus from the dead and that Jesus is the Christ – Romans 10:9-10.  Once you are His – one of His saints – His love will never leave you. Use those Hebrew and Greek definitions to have confidence in this fact and let it wash over you like water from heaven.

God loves you. All the time. No matter what. No matter the hard situation you are in – He’s closer than you can imagine. He loves you, friend. Rest in knowing that He’s for you and will take care of you – believe in His character – it’s reliable and so very true.

 

Catherine King