Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Word of the Day... April 16, 2013



Nothing Can Separate Us from God’s Love
 What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us?  Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else?  Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one for God himself has given us right standing with himself.  Who then will condemn us? No one for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us.
 Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death?  (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”)  No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.
And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.  No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8: 31-39

After the senseless violence in Boston,The myth of safety lies shattered at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. No amount of security, police presence or preparation can keep us safe from a terrorist who has the desire to wreak havoc on our society. All of these things have a place. But they cannot overcome the evil within the human heart. 
" ..as it is written, There is none righteous, not even one"
Romans 3:10
While we understand that God has sovereign control over all things, it is important to remember that God is not the source of tragedy. The vast majority of human suffering is caused by sin, all too often the sin of other peopleFor instance, what happened in Boston is the fault of the murderer disobeying the moral law of God. While God is perfectly capable of stopping violence like that which happened yesterday, I believe He chooses not to. He gives us the free will to choose to do what is right in His sight or not to. 

We cannot control the choices that other people make and many times we have to live with the consequences of their sin. While God is perfectly capable of stopping tragedies before they begin, sometimes He doesn’t. I believe that when we face tragedy in this world, it leads us to three things:  To seek out God, it develops our spiritual strength, faith and increases our desire for heaven. I know that Jesus  was there yesterday in the midst of the suffering offering His love to any who asked.  


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