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Love and Separation

"Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?" Romans 8:35


What do we allow to separate us from love? Think for a moment not just about our love for Christ, but our love for each other. As Paul notes here, there are always external influencers. Missing from the list are our personal internal feelings. Perhaps apathy, anger, boredom, hurt, emptiness, or insecurities. Satan has many tools he can try to use to disrupt our love. He will use anything to sow discontent.


The fantastic thing about Christ's love is there is NOTHING, let me repeat NOTHING that can separate us from his love. Paul goes on in verse 37-39,


"No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced 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."


As God so freely loves us, we are to love each other. With God’s help, we can transcend above all the outside sources and move beyond our personal internal feelings, denying Satan what he wants so desperately -- love and keep loving. Sometimes this means extending forgiveness to that person you've so far found unforgivable. That blight on your soul that has been plaguing us, just let it go! Allow God's love to cleanse and purify, and do not let anything separate us.


God, we are thankful for your love and forgiveness. We know there is nothing that can separate us from your love, although Satan tries his hardest. Your love overcomes everything; we only need to accept and let it work in our lives. Forgive us when we harbor resentment towards others, and help us to forgive earnestly and wholeheartedly. Come and fill us with your love so we may love each other more perfectly, letting nothing come between our love for you and each other. We ask this in the name of your precious Son and our Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.


Peace,

Pastor Tim


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