For I am sure 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.
I grew up believing that I could lose my relationship with God. You could be a Christian in the morning, sin at lunch, and be headed for hell in the afternoon. All sins were disqualifiers, but there were some standout ones like dancing, drinking, swearing, and smoking. Movies were also on the list of things that ended one’s salvation. Anytime I wanted to go see a movie with my friends the standard line was: “What if Jesus comes back while you are in the theater!” No one could possibly be raptured from the Perry theater! Actually, that made some sense because the floor of the Perry theater was very sticky. It would have been possible to get stuck in there even during the rapture! So, for a period of time I was sometimes certain of heaven; other times, following an act of sin, certain I was headed to hell.
Then one day, studying Scripture, I learned that nothing could separate me from the love of God found in Christ alone. It was like a burden had been lifted from my shoulders. That day I learned that I was a child of God and would forever be!
Salvation, from beginning to end, is of the Lord. When we trust in Christ—when Jesus calls us to himself—we are his forever! Because Jesus paid all our debt on the cross, we are eternally secure! We can live with the assurance of our salvation! Nothing can snatch us out of his hand. We will pass from death to life. Does that give us a license to sin? Absolutely not! This truth gives us the freedom to respond to God’s amazing grace in loving obedience. Is that the life you’re living?
Talking to God
Father, thank you for your amazing love. Thank you that nothing can separate me from you. Thank you for the confident security that is found in Jesus. Help me to respond by following hard after you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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