Beyond the Gospels: Romans 8:31-39

To read the scripture for today’s devotional, click here: Romans 8:31-39
Separation can be a painful thing. A mother dropping off her child at daycare for the first time causes feelings of angst for both the child and the mother. Work that involves overnight travel separates spouses from each other and fathers/mothers from their children, and all look forward to the work being over so they can again be together. There is even a psychological term called “separation anxiety” that deals with separation.
Separation is even done for punishment. In the Old Testament certain laws in Leviticus required that persons be separated from others for particular periods of time. In today’s world one of the harshest punishments used in penitentiaries is solitary confinement, which separates one  subject from others.
For the followers of Jesus Christ, however, there should be no fear of separation from God. Jesus’ death on the cross, his burial, and his resurrection removed all obstacles between humans and God. The earthly has been overpowered by the heavenly.
Paul tells us that God’s grace is so powerful that there is absolutely nothing that can separate us from it. As he puts it so beautifully, “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.” (Romans 8:38-39)
Even when our faith is shaken and we feel separated from God, it’s good to remember the comforting words that assure us that nothing can separate us from God’s love.
Prayer: Most loving and gracious God, thank you for bridging forever the gap that separated humans from you. Thank you for your Son, Jesus Christ, whose death on the cross offers to us a love that is so passionate, so powerful, that absolutely nothing can separate us from you. Amen.
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