Name: Jeremy Baumann
Favorite verse: “And I am convinced that NOTHING can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, NOTHING in all creation will EVER be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” – Romans 8:38-39 (words in caps are my emphasis)
Why this verse is important to me: I’ll be honest. I spent some time praying about this letter and there were other verses I wanted to use but God kept hitting me with this one. It definitely is one of my favorite passages in the Bible but much like the rest of the decisions I make in my life I tried to do it my way and not the Lord’s way. As tough as it is to admit, this is one of few the times that I do what I actually feel Him telling me to do.
But you know what’s cool about that? He STILL loves me. Just like these verses state, there is NOTHING, and I mean NOTHING, that can change that. Take a second to read those verses slowly, breathing in every word, then come back to this. How does that feel? Knowing there is an almighty Creator who made you for a purpose and loves you no matter what. That there is no POWER, no PERSON, no SIN….did you catch that? NO. SIN. NOTHING, as Paul says, can EVER separate you from God’s love.
How many of you have parents who love you that much? Or friends? Or spouses? Or your own kids who love you that much? Or maybe how many of you didn’t? This is for you. You need to know that God the Father loves you and revealed that in Jesus when he sent His son to live AND die for you, for me, and for everyone. No matter the struggle, the sin, the temptation, God is bigger than that and loves you regardless.
What a tough thing to grasp. That’s because we (I) have a tendency to put God in a box. We think that if we do something bad or wrong that He will stop loving us. To think of all the dumb and awful things I’ve done or said or thought or NOT done or NOT said, despite people I’ve wronged in the past or will wrong in the future, I am still loved by Him.
Accept that love, turn to that love, and share that love with others. The love that is unchanging. After all, God so LOVED the world, that he gave his only Son so that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
Now watch, listen, and soak this in: