To Cause to be Apart
God’s Promise of Invincible Love – Ro. 8:38-39 (NIV)
By Kris Robinson
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any power, 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.”
Have you ever thought, does God really love me? You know what I mean; life doesn’t play fair, things don’t go your way, you’re constantly going uphill (in 10 feet of snow in both directions might I add), everything is harder than expected and you start to wonder deep down, “where’s God?” We all desperately seek love as we wrestle with life (loneliness, hopelessness, frustration & emptiness), looking for a love that provides us with genuine acceptance, lasting hope, deep meaning, ultimate destiny, and will reach through our pride and rebellion to love us.
So, what Paul, through the power of the Holy Spirit, is saying is, “God’s love is so invincible that it overcomes death, demons, past failures, present problems, future fears, and anything else we could imagine. God loves us even when we don’t feel like He loves us, if we see ourselves as unlovable, if He has been silent and our prayers have gone silent, even when everyone else appears to be doing better than we are, when we feel like we’ve hurt God, and when we run from Him” (Earley, p160, 21 Most Effective Prayers Collection).
If you remember the story of the ‘Prodigal Son’ (Luke 15:11-24); he had everything and then some, and wasn’t content. Because he thought he was missing out on life, the son left home, squandered all he had, and made a series of dumb decisions leading to his ultimate shame. Then one day because he had fallen so badly, the Prodigal Son determined to return to his family, realizing, “even the hired help at his dad’s house live better than I do.” When he returned home, the Prodigal was met by a running father (which would not happen in those days), and restored to the family (which shouldn’t of happened either).
Unfortunately, a lot of Christians’ lives are not any different than the Prodigal; squandering time, talents and resources on what they think is the right way to live. So, it is a great promise that even though we continually screw up; that such love is AVAILABLE, God has promised it to us; all we have to do is come to our senses and stop running from the Father, and to Him. He won’t scold or condemn, he will forgive and restore; God’s love is infinite, matchless, and perfect.
It is time, as David Earley puts it, to remember that “life is always better with our Heavenly Father! There is no guilt, shame or emptiness in the Father’s house. However, there is belonging, acceptance, dignity, destiny, mercy, grace, truth, meaning, fulfillment, and forgiveness in the Father’s house.” All we have to do is dwell in the Father’s House and live our lives as if we believe this promise to be true.
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As Christians, why aren’t we dwelling in the Father’s House?
Are you wrestling with something that is keeping you out of His House?
Kris Robinson is an Assistant Pastor at Free Life Community Church helping teenagers & Millenials connect & transform their spiritual journey through Christ Jesus.