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”
We concluded our devotion with this thought, “Persuasion is not for hurried people but people who want to know more and live connected regardless”
Two things to bring to us from Romans 8 concerning the question asked by Paul about who shall separate us, the natural and the supernatural. Looking at verse 35&36, you can see that he is referring to the natural (tribulation, persecution, famine, nakedness, peril, and sword) and then he concludes it by saying that for His sake we are killed all day long. I would take this to mean, in the process of dying to self and crucifying the flesh, we face these things that have separated many from God’s love but we are compelled to love Him because He loved us first. We know that His love is better than life and in turn we are telling Him that our love for Him is better than whatever thing we go through therefore we would rather suffer and die to these things than loose our love for Him.
Romans 8:37, “Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us”. We need to understand that even though we have made a choice to love Him in spite of, these things we are dealing with will still be painful, yet we are reminded that we are more than conquerors. Being more than a conqueror is conquering what God has already conquered. He has conquered for us because He loves us and we have refused to be separated because we love Him. With this understanding, Paul goes far ahead to say, the natural will not separate him and so is the supernatural. 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” These two verses addresses what we face in the natural, then the next verse addresses what we face in the supernatural, Romans 8:38, “For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come vs. 39, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” yet in all these we are more than conqueror both in the natural and the supernatural because of Him”
Looking at it closely, I can see a love reciprocated, Romans 5:8, “But God demonstrated His love, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us“, then Paul responds to this love by saying, “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?”, Paul concludes, “I am persuaded that the natural and the supernatural will not stop me from His love,”. Listen to what Paul says again in 2Timothy 1:12, “For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not a shamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day“. Read Paul’s story and you will discover that everything he mentioned he experienced but none of them separated him from His love and it’s all because He was persuaded in every minute in his life that Christ sure loved him. If you are facing some challenges mentioned above and doubting Christ’s love for you, look to the cross where He demonstrated His own love by dying for you. This should be your point of encouragement to believe that He knows where you are and where you are going. You have to be persuaded that you are in His will and be a conqueror in every state in natural or supernatural even when you don’t see it or feel it. Blessings Ev