“For I am convinced [and continue to be convinced—beyond any doubt] that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present and threatening, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the [unlimited] love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8: 38-39, Amplified Bible)
Paul was completely confident. This inspired man preached the gospel and healed many. He was both a persecutor, before his conversion, and one who suffered persecution as he pursued his ministry. Yet, all that he endured only led to his utter conviction, without any doubts, that nothing could separate us from God.
This verse lists a number of possible reasons we might feel we are alone or in danger. We may think that distance keeps Love from us, or that circumstance keeps Life from us. We may believe that those humanly in charge can take away our peace and rob us of our joy.
But Paul knew otherwise. He trusted the Christ—that awareness of our relationship with God, as His dear child—and so Paul felt assured, safe, and ready to share this good news with others. Our oneness with God means we are never without infinite resources, the spiritual goodness and grace that is God’s quality and activity. We are never without the fullness of God’s Love for us. This consciousness gives us peace, strength, and conviction today and every day.
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