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Let our lives unfold between the bookends of God’s Love

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(BY: BRO. PAENG SANTOS) As you read this article, perhaps it will remind you that this is the season of lent, a time when believers of the Reformed faith centre their thoughts on salvation by grace alone (Ephesians 2:8-9). And during this time we shall see once again that our gracious God is for us. What more could we ask for?

The humble substance of this article is to relay the message and to remind of the encouraging truths to the body of believers, as the body of Christ – the Church. Let this simple message comes to believer as they let the Bible be the primary influence in their life is that almighty God is for them. And because that is so, nothing can oppose them and destroy them. This follows logically: If God is for us, who could possibly be against us (Romans 8:31). Just thinking that some other force might win over us doesn’t even make sense.

But when believers are comforted by the assurance that God is for them, their comfort is not rooted in logic. It is rooted in love, in the incomparable love of God. It is not just the almighty God who is for us, but the God who, in his “Almightiness”, has directed his love into our lives through his Son, Jesus Christ, to pay for our sins and to make it possible for us to be children of God.

As we come as believers looking at Jesus so frequently we will be sustained and comforted. We see how God expressed his powerful care for his people in the Old Testament era, and subsequently we know how Jesus made God’s loving care through his sacrifice on the cross.

When Paul made his triumphant question “If God is for us, who can be against us?. . . he does not mean to say here that believers in Christ can expect trouble-free lives. Paul himself had many battle scars from persecution. And he never suggested that other believers would not have similar experiences if they were faithful to Christ. What Paul is actually saying in the passage of Romans 8:31 is that no matter what we encounter in life, it cannot destroy us, since the all-powerful and all-loving God is for us.

If God did not spare his own Son but delivered him up to death on a cross for our sake, surely we can be confident that he will not abandon us ever, in anyway. Further, nothing from the past, present, or future can separate you from God’s love. Even your own record of wrongs has no power to do that. Since God laid your judgment on his Son, no one, not even Satan, can bring any charge against you – not now, not ever. Nothing can come between you and God. He loved you from eternity past, and God will love you for all eternity to come.

We may not conquer our cancer or overcome our failures, but we are “more than conquerors through him who (loves) us”, because nothing can defeat God’s love, and even if we die, we live. Let Romans 8:31 be a victory flag to wave over our lives, a motto to write on our hearts, a verse to nestle in our memory for instant recall when the winds blow and the windows rattle in the storms of life.

If you honestly believe in the good news of salvation through Jesus Christ, you live between the bookends of God’s love. It is not necessarily easy, but it is safe. No matter what happens to us, if we belong to Christ we may be sure that in the long run God will transform all the againsts into fors.

God’s love is more wonderful than we can imagine. It was before us and will be after us. We rest in the assurance of knowing that nothing can separate us from the love of God. As we face each day with its uncertainties, we rejoice in knowing that because God is for us, nothing and no one can be successfully against us. Let our lives unfold between the bookends of God’s love.

TO GOD BE ALL THE GLORY




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