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God’s Everlasting Love

Romans 8:32

He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?

profileWhat have you given up for something or someone you appreciate or love?  Are you giving up anything to watch the Super Bowl Sunday night?  Would you have given something up if you had to do so?  What if your team was in the game – would that make a difference?

We hear stories all the time about parents who give up things for their children.  At times giving up something for themselves so that their children might have something they need or want.  Or attending an event because it is important to the children to see you there when you really had a work meeting you should have been attending.  Giving up for our children is part of the deal when we have them!

As the warm weather gets closer – let me repeat that – as the warm weather gets closer – we might begin to give up a few sweets or extra meals in order to fit into our swim trunks or simply to look better when we start to wear less in the warm weather.

Giving up something for a goal – for a purpose – for a reason.  This is easier for some than others – but most all of us are selfish at the core and giving up something we want so that someone else can have is a chore.

Today’s passage talks about the most unselfish act – the gift from the Father of the Son and the gift from the Son of His life.  Romans 8:32 – He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?

Today’s passage might not be as well-known as a few passage surrounding it – so here is today’s passage in partial context – in a section in my Bible called God’s Everlasting LoveRomans 8:31-39 – 31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32  He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? 33 Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34  Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised— who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.  35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36 As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 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.

What an awesome description of God’s love.  It is this love that we are called to model.  It is this everlasting love that we can depend upon.  It is this everlasting love that provides us grace.  Grace we can count on but shouldn’t bank on.  Grace that will forgive our sins – if we have confessed and repented of them – meaning if we have grieved and turned away from them.  God’s everlasting love is amazing and nothing can come between us and God – except our unwillingness to turn to Him.

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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January 31, 2014 - Posted by | Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Marriage, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , ,

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