God’s Love

Last week, my mom forwarded me this great resource from Nicky Gumbel and Holy Trinity Brompton.  It’s a daily e-mail that reads through the Bible in a year.  You can check it out here.  

The one she sent me talked about God’s love.  Something I will never be able to get enough of.  One of the passages they referenced was Romans 8:18-39.

Below are some highlights from Gumbel’s insight:

“Nothing Can Separate Us From The Love of God”

“I sometimes struggle to believe that God really loves me.  I can be tempted to feel a sense of failure and self-condemnation.  It is relatively easy to believe that God loves everybody else, but much harder to believe that God loves me. 

In each of the passages for today we read more about the greatness of God’s love for each one of us, and why nothing can separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.  (Romans 8:39).

‘God loves each one of us as if there was only one of us to love,’ wrote St. Augustine.  This is not to say that salvation is something individualistic, but that you are so important that if you were the only person who ever lived, Jesus would have died for you.  And if it is true of you it is also true of me.  God loves me… 

…‘A pillow on which to rest our weary heads’ is the way in which the truth of this passage has been described (John Stott, The Message of Romans, p.246). The love of God, Paul explains in Romans 8, starts with ‘no condemnation’ (v.1) and ends with no separation (v.39).

In between, Paul continues to speak of all the blessings the Holy Spirit brings to our lives. We have the ‘first fruits of the Spirit’ (v.23). The Holy Spirit is a down payment guaranteeing what is to come – the future glory. One day the whole creation will be liberated (v.21). One day our bodies will be totally redeemed (v.23).”

Gumbel continues to offer great insights throughout.  Click here to read the entire passage.