Verse: Romans 8:34-35
Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?

Every time I get to do one of these devotions I think about the wealth of wisdom, encouragement, truth, life experiences, empathy, and correction that flows from the scriptures. It just keeps coming. Like a river.

I’m so grateful for that.

This is surely another proof of how loved we are. We are not condemned, but loved fiercely. This verse doesn’t deny any of the pain or hardship we may face in our lives. It just reminds me that none of these things changes the love that covers us. We can’t be separated from it. That imagery is so powerful. Jesus died, because of his love for us, was raised, and continues to intercede for us. Because of his love for us.

Love that we can’t pry off with a crowbar.

I don’t know why anyone would want to, but we do tend to self sabotage. But this love we can’t be separated from. It doesn’t change our circumstances, but it may change the way we face them. The way we react. The way that we move forward or take on our days. The way that we speak to others. I want to be deeply affected by this love.

Lord Jesus, thank you for your love! Please help us to grasp it better, to live in it. Help me to be changed by your love. Amen.

Author: Emily Costa