I Am Persuaded, Part 2of3, Evans Olang

Romans 8:35&36, “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword, vs. 36 As it is written “For Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter”

In my continuous study of God’s word, I am utterly convinced (persuaded) that God is not in a hurry. To prove it, read about Moses, Elisha, David, Paul, Gideon, Samuel, Eli and many in the bible that encountered with God. We need to get saved because tomorrow is promised to no one, the walk after salvation requires patience. Patience is accompanied by endurance. Paul writes in Romans 12:2, “Run this race with patience looking unto Jesus the author and the finisher of our faith“. He was persuaded that God was not in a hurry to do things. God is such a Master craftsman working on what He has started step by step. If you watch a potter working on clay, you will notice that he is not in hurry to finish working on whatever he is working on until it looks perfect. Be patient with God, He is not in a hurry.

If there is any man who counted the cost of living for Christ it was Paul. Remember that Paul did not physically walk with Jesus like the other disciples. He was not there when Jesus started His ministry, when He chose His disciples, when He taught the people, or healed and provided for them. Paul was not there when He was transfigured, not even when they took Him, whipped Him and later nailed Him on the cross. Paul was not there when they buried Him and then came back to life on the third day. And Paul was not there when He ascended to the heavens. Regardless of missing all that, Paul is and will be there when He calls the justified. This started when he encountered with the truth while on his way to Damascus to persecute Christians. What he experienced that day persuaded him of the truth and with the calling, he purposed in his heart to live and serve Christ. This is a man who counted the cost yet he wasn’t there like the rest of the disciples to see Him face to face.

Romans 8:35&36, “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword” A man who is not in a hurry to leave will be conformed to the image of Christ. Think of the life of Paul, many times he was beaten, stoned and left for dead, he survived shipwrecks, imprisoned, made fun of, ridiculed but he had been persuaded that he was on the right track. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Have you ever asked yourself that question? The “who” here is not just referring to people but situations too. It’s like saying, “I have made up my mind to stay on this road come rain or sunshine, come hell or high water, I am going to stick with this road. It has hills and valleys, pot holes, what shall separate me from this love that I have attained? This means what I am dealing with cannot be compared to the love that He has bestowed upon me“. If you are on death row and your time has come to be executed and someone appears from nowhere and says, “Let me be executed in your place“. Your question to him might be, “why are doing this?”, and if he responded by saying, “because I love you,” wouldn’t that change everything in your life?

Paul is now writing to us and asking us, what shall make us take an exit? shall it be all those things he has written of among others? In countries like China there are many people dying for their faith, the love of Christ compels them to stand. And this is because they are persuaded/ convinced that Jesus Christ is the only way and that He is love. The word persuaded means to take time to learn and experience it, patience is the word for it. Persuaded is to induce to believe by appealing to reason or understanding. God has persuaded us in His word that He loves us, He demonstrated by sacrificing His son on the cross for us, He has persuaded us that He can be trusted and continues to. Persuasion is not for hurried people, it’s for people who want to know more and live connected regardless of what happens, God’s word continues to convince them. To continue, blessings Ev

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