Nothing Can Separate Us from God’s Love
31 What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? 32 Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else? 33 Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one—for God himself has given us right standing with himself. 34 Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us.
35 Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? 36 (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”[n]) 37 No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.
38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[o] neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
I love these verses because there is so much hope in them. When Paul wants to make a point (in case you haven’t noticed) he likes to say the same thing over and over – but in slightly different ways. Well, in this entire section, he really goes to great lengths to explain that God loves and so we have nothing to fear, and even greater lengths to explain that NOTHING can come between us and God’s love. I think the important thing to point out is that Paul starts by explaining that because we are Christians, there is NOTHING that can come between us and Christ’s love. The extent that Paul goes to to make sure we all understand that once we are a child of God – that’s it, game over, we don’t need to fret and worry about whether or not we can be separated from God. NOTHING can separate us, and Paul spends a lot of time going through all kinds of examples just to make that point.
This is a powerful thing. If I lived my life every day, certain that God was on my side and that nothing could come between God and me – would my life look different? This is such a pep talk from Paul to go forward and be BOLD in the faith that I have. It’s the most logical way he could explain it: if the maker of the universe and creator of all things is on MY SIDE – what do I have to worry about??