The Father Heart of God

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written,
“For your sake we are being killed all the day long;
we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 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.
(Romans 8:35-39 ESV)

So, what do I take from this? You should take a depth of assurance from this. That is, your theology should impact your thinking when it comes to your assurance of salvation.   Look at the list of things that God eliminates from worry! Tribulation, distress, persecution, famine, nakedness, danger and even the sword!

Also, you should take a depth of life from this as well. That is, your relationship to God through the love of Christ should be an all-consuming fire within you. Don’t you think life without Christ is not only tragic, but boring? Don’t you, as you look at your life, maybe not in a struggle with doubt but in a struggle with disappointment, long for something larger and greater for your life to be centered upon? Do you not look at your life and think, “Really? Is T.V. all I’m really going after? Isn’t Christianity stupid if it’s not about Jesus? Don’t you think church is the dumbest hobby if it isn’t about Jesus? What are you really doing if your life isn’t aimed at Christ? Passages like this remind me that I am too often distracted by silly little things when eternity has been engrafted into my soul. Stop living for silly things and enjoying silly things and gather together a Scripture-saturated, Christ-centered passion that consumes your heart and mind and brings about a life that makes a difference, rather than a life that sits and wastes away on distraction. Take heart and find holy ambition in the 8th chapter of Romans.

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