Living in the love of God

537 live in the love of GodIn his letter to the Romans, Paul asks the rhetorical question, "Who wants to separate us from the love of Christ? Tribulation or fear or persecution or hunger or nakedness or danger or sword? "(Rom 8,35).

It really can not separate us from Christ's love, which is clearly shown to us here, as we can read in the following verses: "For I am certain that neither death nor life, neither angels nor powers nor powers, neither present nor future neither high nor low nor any other creature can divorce us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus, our Lord "(Rom 8,38-39).

We can not be separated from the love of God because He always loves us. He loves us, whether we behave well or badly, whether we win or lose, or whether the times are good or bad. Believe it or not, he loves us! He sent his son, Jesus Christ, to die for us. Jesus Christ died for us when we were still sinners (Rom 5,8). There is no greater love than to die for someone (Joh 15,13). So God loves us. That's for sure. No matter what happens, God loves us.

For us Christians, perhaps the more important question is whether we will love God when the going gets tough? Let us not fool ourselves into assuming that Christians are immune to trials and suffering. There are bad things in life, whether we are saints or sinners. God never promised us that there would be no difficulties in the Christian life. Will we love God in good times and in bad?

Even our biblical ancestors have thought about it. Let's look at the conclusions they reached:

Habakkuk: "The fig tree will not turn green, and there will be no growth on the vines. The yield of the olive tree is gone, and the fields do not bring food; Sheep will be torn out of the hurdles, and there will be no cattle in the stables. But I want to rejoice in the Lord and be happy in God, my salvation "(Hab 3,17-18).

Micha: "Do not rejoice over me, my enemy! If I lie down too, I will rise again; and even if I sit in the dark, the Lord is my light "(Mich 7,8).

Job: And his wife said to him, Do you still hold fast to your piety? Say God and die! And he said to her, You speak as the foolish women speak. Have we received good from God and should not accept evil? In this all Job did not sin with his lips "(Job 2,9-10).

I like the example of Schadrach, Meshach and Abed-Nego. When threatened to be burned alive, they said that they knew that God could save them. However, if he decides not to do so, that's fine with them (Dan 3,16-18). They would love and praise God, no matter what he decides.

To love and praise God is not so much a question of good or bad times or whether we win or lose. It's about loving him and trusting him, whatever happens. After all, this is the kind of love he gives us! Stay firm in the love of God.

by Barbara Dahlgren