Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…
“What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.
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 your 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: 31-39 (NIV)
So what is life like for you these days?
Up? A little down? Joyful? Some uncertainty looming? Anxious about something?
Whatever life is like at the moment, let me suggest that we reread those verses of scripture written by the Apostle Paul set out above. Maybe a few times each day. They contain some of the greatest assurances of hope, promise and comfort for us that there are. For me, those verses have been a continual reminder and source of strength through years of challenge, difficulty and disappointment, and in the things I, and those I love, face today. (more…)