Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: “For you sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” 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.-Romans 8:35-39
Paul here is asking on of his famous rhetorical questions. A question to which the answer is painful obvious. But yet he goes on to answer his own rhetorical question with one of the most often quoted verses in the Bible. The question Paul asked his readers is simply this: can anything separate you from the love of God. The answer is of course no because nothing can separate us from the love that God has for us. However, we often times deceive ourselves, because of our distorted view of love, into thinking that the things we do and the things that happen to us are causes of God’s love for us being stopped. Paul’s words here are a reminder to us that no matter what are mind might be telling us God’s word will never fail and will never be proven to be false. That is why he wrote that we more than conquerors, because we are not taking new territory but we are reclaiming territory that was already God’s. When we truly understand that God loves us no matter what, then we will have the strength and the courage to go out and reclaim the world for God, not through weapons of war but through the spreading of God’s message salvation throughout the world. Embrace God’s love for you and it will change you, and then use that change in your life to change the world.