Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?.... No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.1
Three years ago, we experienced one of the hardest things known to mankind — social distancing! The Covid-19 pandemic left many of us isolated in our homes longing for some form of physical contact with others. We were forced to hide behind masks and, even in public places, keep our distance from everyone else. Society adopted this mandatory distancing for the good of our own health, to keep us safe; yet we complained every step of the way!
Ironically, we choose to distance ourselves on a daily basis from the only one we’ve never had to — God. In these unprecedented times that we are living in, enduring pandemics, wildfires, extreme climate and social unrest, we need to be close to God more than ever. Yet too many have chosen to draw away from the Almighty instead. Maybe this is you today. Maybe you have been feeling so overwhelmed with this world that you are having a hard time connecting with God or feeling His love. This Spiritual-distancing can end as soon as you want it to! You see, God’s love is unconditional, and He longs for a relationship with you every day! His Grace, Compassion, Love and Mercy are not dependent on our circumstances or even our feelings. There is no need to wait for this “distancing” to be removed because God is waiting for you right now. When God sent His Son to die for us, He bridged the gap that sin had created with the intention of separating us from Him. That bridge which allows us to be close to God is Jesus Christ. This aspect of God’s Love is truly amazing!
We tend to have a limit when dealing with others, so I thank God that He is not like us! In His eyes, nothing can separate or distance us from His Love. In today’s verse, Paul asks, “Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love?” The answer is NO! (Rom. 8:39) Walk confidently today and take off the spiritual mask that is distancing you from God’s amazing grace.
Suggested Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for the unconditional love You give us. Please forgive me for allowing the worries and stresses of this world to distance me from you. Remove the guilt that keeps me from growing closer to you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
1. Romans 8:35, 37-39 (NIV).
Today’s Encounter was written by: Veronica B.
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