Divine Separation from God’s Love
Like most people, I suspect, I get some of my most insane and profound inspirations while taking a shower. Perhaps it is the hot water that begins to clear the fog from the brain, or just the solitude and rhythm of the pulsating shower that allows me to contemplate some things. Regardless, there was something that I began to think about that I wanted to share with all of you.
I have heard many preachers say, as I am sure many of you have, that we cannot be separated from God’s love. That was something that I really started to wonder about. What could make a Christian fall away from the mercy of God’s grace and his unfailing love. Were there any circumstances that could occur where God would say that we are no longer worthy of his love? That certainly wasn’t what I wanted to think about during a peaceful shower. So…after my shower, while getting dressed for Sunday service, I decided to do a little digging in the Word.
I started with Romans. It seemed logical. I had heard of the “Romans Road to Salvation”, so perhaps there was something there. And it was! Romans 8:35 asks the question, “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?” Then I read on, and Paul answered the question just a couple verses later, giving his opinion by saying in verses 38 and 39, “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Jesus Christ, or Lord.”
As I was reading, something obvious, but usually overlooked, began to draw my attention. The beginning of the question. “Who?”
Who, indeed! Since Paul ruled out nearly everybody: spiritual beings, demonic entities, our past, present and future, distance, personal situations and troubles. There were two things that he didn’t include in this list. That is what I really started to wonder. What two things are those, you ask?
The first was God.
The second was YOU.
Well, I had to rule God out almost immediately. In Hebrews 13:5 it says to, “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, or forsake thee.” He will never leave me, nor forsake me. I was always taught that God will always love you, no matter what. I recall a phrase that I remember hearing many times: Love the sinner, hate the sin. That is what God does. He loves us unfailingly and unconditionally.
That leaves YOU.
I began to think about that. Could I separate myself from God? (Not that I would want to, mind you. But just for the sake of argument, could I?) Unfortunately, I can. I have in the past. I am sure many Christians have, as well. During moments of crisis, extreme grief, emotional turmoil and other things we face, we turn our back on the ONE that has never turned his back on us. We reject Him. I have personally heard some say that they hated Him. I have heard some say that they didn’t care about the presence of a bad spirit around them.
Fortunately, all is NOT lost, so long as we breathe. We can still take time to regain that which was lost by our words and our deeds. We can STILL take Him up on the availability of His love. All we have to do is open our eyes, our minds, and our hearts to the truth. The simple truth that Jesus Christ paid the price for our sins.
In the Old Testament, families were called to sacrifice an animal to God to atone for their sins. However, with the arrival of Jesus, that practice became moot. HE became the perfect sacrifice. When Jesus died, it is written that the veil that hid the holy of holies in the temple was torn in half. Not torn…torn in half! In Jewish custom, only the high priest could enter the holy of holies…and he had to be purified before entering, lest he be struck down dead. Now, the veil was torn in half! No longer did man have to ask a priest to entreat God on his behalf. Here was God’s own perfect Son, who sacrificed Himself for me and you, tearing the divider between us and God, allowing us all direct access, through Him.
We are all loved by God. Only by our sins are we separated from His amazing grace. It’s time for all of us to remove that obstacle to receiving God’s love. It’s time for us to remove OURSELF. Remove our pride, our vanity, and our ego. Only then, when we have submitted ourselves, can we fully be filled with the fullness and majesty of his love.
I ask each and every one of you reading this to consider this question honestly…
What is keeping you from being filled with God’s love? And, why are you still refusing to accept His love?
Until next time…God bless