Friday Morning: 29 Mar 2019 – Romans 8:31-39 ~ Nothing can separate us from God’s love.

Friday Morning

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Opening (Collect for Purity)

Almighty God: to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid; cleanse the thoughts of my heart through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, that I may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name, through Christ my Lord. Amen.
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Morning Reading – Romans 8:31-39 (NLT)

Nothing Can Separate Us from God’s Love

What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else? Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one—for God himself has given us right standing with himself. 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.

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? (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”) No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.

And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 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.
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Morning Reflection:

If God is for us, who can ever be against us? – Romans 8:31b

No one—for God himself has given us right standing with himself.
– Romans 8:33b

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.
– Romans 8:34b

Against the background of human sinfulness, today’s reading assures every believer that we can rest assured of the God’s love – God is for us!

God’s love for us is

+ Unaffected by extreme changes in our circumstances – believers live and die in Christ Jesus.
+ Unaffected by angels, principalities or powers – believers are one with God in Christ Jesus.
+ Unaffected by time past, present or future – believers are eternally secure in Christ Jesus.
+ Unaffected by space and place – believers are known and immeasurably loved in Christ Jesus.

Nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. – Romans 8:38

Questions for consideration:

  • Christ Jesus loves you and is continually interceding for you. What difference does that make in your present circumstances? Please explain.
  • How does knowing you are loved by God in Christ Jesus empower you to overcome the trials and tribulations you face? Please explain.
  • How does God’s love in Christ Jesus affect you when you are faced with suffering, hardship and even calamity? What difference does it make in your life? Please explain.

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Morning Prayer:

I arise today through the mighty strength of Christ within me
and the freedom of his life-giving Spirit.

Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down,
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in the eye that sees me,
Christ in the ear that hears me.

I arise today through the mighty strength of Christ within me
and the freedom of his life-giving Spirit.

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“The Love of God” – Power Praise [Korean]

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Closing:

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you, wherever He may send you. May He guide you through the wilderness, and protect you through the storm. May He bring you home rejoicing at the wonders He has shown you. May He bring you home rejoicing once again into our doors.

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen



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