Romans 8:35-39 (NIV)
35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written:
“For your sake we face death all day long;
we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”[a]
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[a] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Isn’t it true of every one of us? We all want that feeling of assurance and happiness that comes with security. When we have a promise of loyalty from someone we really trust, we rest more comfortably in our daily lives.
We have just that in the promise of Jesus to His followers in the words above. This is a favorite passage of many Christians, and it is full of that precious commodity of encouragement!
When we read such scriptures as this one, we know they are meant for the “soldiers in Christ.” They are also intended to encourage the disciples of Christ. If one is a student of the plight of Christians in the first century, he or she knows they were under continuous attack for their beliefs, even to the death.
It took strong and believable promises like these to help Christ followers to press on to the goal…that of eternal life in heaven with the Lord.
Today, in many civilized nations, we no longer live under the threat of death for our religious beliefs. But the pressures and demands of daily life, coupled with other types of persecutions we face from others for our beliefs, can drag us down.
We too need encouragement at times, in the same way as our brothers and sisters in Christ did 2,000 years ago! This is why we have the scriptures available to us today because the promises of Jesus are timeless. He knew we would need “morale-boosters” as we go along in our lives. After all, we are striving for the same goal as our ancestors, an eternity in heaven with the Lord of love!
So take heart each day, my friends. God will reward the ones who remain faithful to His commandments. Our prize is secure, just as it has always been, and just as it is for all who believed and persevered in the Lord from the beginning.
Let us finish with a bit of encouragement, just as we began. God will always bless all who seek Him in Spirit and truth! He will never leave us, nor forsake us…(Hebrews 13:5). So may we take up our cross daily and follow the Lord, as He has the words of eternal life!
- “The NIV Study Bible, copyright 1995, Zondervan”