For I am sure that neither death nor life…

For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

It is all too easy to “fall out of love” with one another as human beings. It is a natural tendency to hold grudges, to remember slights, and to punish one another accordingly.  This is not something about which most of us are proud, but it is an unfortunate reality in human relationships. We generally find it very difficult to continue to love when love becomes hard. This is nothing new. It has been a part of the human struggle since the very beginning.

In contrast, we are children of the God who never stops loving his people. It does not matter what else is going on in our world—God continues to love us, and to love us perfectly. Even with all of our imperfections (such a nice way of putting it), God loves us completely and unconditionally. Wherever it is that we go, whatever it is that we do, He loves us. If we accept God or reject God, he continues to love us. His love for is transcendent—God goes infinitely beyond what is humanly imaginable and what is humanly possible.

As we worship together today, it is good for us to remember that we are praising this Great God who loves us in this way. At the very least, it helps us to focus our hearts and be confident in the fact that He will always care perfectly for us. Let us then recall this perfect love and rejoice that we are recipients of it. And let us respond in robust worship.


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