Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Love Knows No Separation - Martin Wiles

Series: Love Unchained

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. Romans 8:39 NLT

Miles and money separate me from it.

Lying in bed one morning, I pondered over what my mother had told me a few days prior. My first cousin and his family had bought my aunt’s house after she died, remodeled it, and moved in. Now they were dissatisfied. It appears the old home place would be sold to strangers.

Which is what happened to my grandparents’ home just next door. When my grandmother died, Mom and her sister sold the house and one acre of land to strangers. I wondered why one of them didn’t buy it … or why one of the grandchildren didn’t. I now hear the owners plan to sell the house again.

Now it appears that what once connected me to my relatives will be disrupted … on two accounts. If I had the money, I’d purchase both houses and the accompanying land—just to preserve the memories, not because I want to live in the area. But it would make a good vacation spot.

Miles separate me from the old home places, and money keeps me from purchasing them. Funny the things that can detach us from things—or people—we want.

Paul said detachment can’t happen in our relationship with God. Once we connect with Him through faith in Christ, nothing can separate us from the love He gives us. Separations may be a real part of our physical existence, but my spiritual connection is safe and secure. Trials will come and go, but God never will. People, friendships, and family will come and go, but God will remain. I’ll accumulate possessions and watch them deteriorate, but God will stay.

God’s love in my life also makes it possible for me to live in harmony with others, thereby cementing my connection to them. Clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony (Colossians 3:14). When I recognize what God has done for me, a sinner, I’ll have an easier time getting along with others. The irritations that arise in relationships won’t be so irritating because I’ll realize I’m not perfect either. I’ll look for common ground in relationships rather than stirring up strife.

Many love relationships are severed when love isn’t present anymore, but we don’t have to worry about God walking away from us. His love is everlasting.

Take comfort in knowing God will love you eternally.

Prayer: Father, we thank You that Your love for us never ends. Help us extend Your love to others.

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