Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? Romans 8:35
My love for Christ has often been corrupted by tribulation, distress, persecution, danger, and sword. In my spiritual immaturity, love waned because of my wrongful judgments against Him. When painful times rolled over me, my distrust of Him spread like a cancer.
But my love for Christ is not the ‘love’ Paul is talking about. It is His love for me. Even though I pull back in fear, His love is ever present and engaging. Even though I pull back in distrust, His love continues to woo and build trust.
When I have allowed tribulation to erode my love for Jesus, it was only because I did not understand God’s sovereignty. I could not see His panoramic view of my life and how stunning it is for His glory. With limited vision, I threw stones at His perceived plans for my life and told Him that He was doing a pretty lousy job of loving me.
Christ’s love for me, the kind that does not ever diminish when the world falls apart, is a love I have to take by faith. When I see no evidence of it, faith must live. When I stand in glory and meet Jesus face to face, and I get to review my life with glorified spiritual understanding, I will fall to my knees forever, never again doubting His love.
Jesus Loves Me This I Know – is the most important song we have ever learned. It needs to play like a broken record in the rooms of our heart when anger and doubt are first present. How do we know Christ loves us? Because the Bible said so. If ever there were a promise to stand upon, this is at the top of the list.
I have been so childish, Lord. I’m still embarrassed by that. When life was good, I said… “He loves me.” When life was bad, I said… “He must not love me.” I vow to never let tribulation rock this assurance again. Amen