Romans 8:35-37 (KJV) Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
One attribute of the first and second-century believers that I have always admired in awe was their ability to stand for Christ in the midst of the harshest persecution. Theirs was a generation of believers that knew that accepting the Lord Jesus would be signing up for diverse persecution and hostility from even their own government. But they were resolute, and they overcame. By the end of the second century AD, the church had covered the known world. Idol worship in Europe and Asia Minor was now a thing of the past. (This was before the corruption of the church in the following centuries).
Please understand that today’s Bible verse is actually saying ‘nothing would stop us from loving God’: not persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, etc.
Go into today remembering that God has loved us with an everlasting love. This love made Him make the ultimate sacrifice [of becoming flesh in order] to save us. Our only reasonable response would be to love God back(1 John 4:19). Remember that it is to those that love God that all things work together for their good. Great glory is reserved for those who love the Lord (see 1 Corinthians 2:9). We must never turn our backs on Him but remember that no matter what we face, we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us. Overcoming is in our DNA.
Lord, please help me to abide in your love and be fruitful in every good work. Amen.
—Abraham Damilola Arigi
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