“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?” This is one of the most notable questions posed by the great apostle Paul in the eight chapter of the book of Romans. He then presents the answer to Romans 8:35 in the following verses of the same chapter.
The subject matter in the mentioned verse is the love of God. Love itself is a complicated subject to look into, particularly the love of God. God’s love is something that is unfathomable, unexplainable and at times, irrational. Is this the kind of love similar to the emotion we humans feel? Is it the same as the ones in fairytales or movies? A romantic, pretty, innocent kind of love? Can we relate God’s love to our own understanding of love?
According to Dr. Mark Rutland, love is the expression of God’s holiness. The scripture tells us that God’s nature is holy. So one may argue, if God is holy, then how can His love be directed towards people like us who are sinners with an unholy character. Logically, since God is holy, shouldn’t He love those who are holy? But then, who is holy apart from God. Romans 3:23 says, “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” And it is for this very reason, Christ died for us. He who had no sin became sin for us so that in Him we may be made righteous before God, states Paul in 2 Corinthians 5:21.
The late evangelist Billy Graham defines God’s love as not being an emotion, but a conscious act of the will. It was God’s will that provided the cross of Jesus so that we could be forgiven, cleansed and reconciled back to Him. Hebrews 10:10 clearly says that we have been made holy through the sacrifice of Christ’s body, thereby now worthy of His love.
In a world where love is made cheap, Christ willingly paid the highest price.
So the greatest love of all is not learning to love yourself as sung by Whitney. But as Paul puts it in Romans 8:38-39, it is the one that conquered the grave, so that nothing dead or alive can come between that love, not even the legion of angels in heaven or the terrors of hell, neither time nor space, nor any powers and principalities, nor any teachings and doctrines. Nothing and no one can ever separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus, which is the greatest love of all given to humanity.
Blog entry by Marvi Ferreras
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