“For your sake we are being killed all the day long;
we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:35-39 ESV).
The Apostle Paul’s “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ,” is, of course, a rhetorical question that can be answered just one way: Nothing or no one can separate us from the love of Christ.
Unlike many of today’s glib television evangelists who promote unlimited health and wealth along with two Mercedes Benz motorcars in every garage, the Apostle Paul warns that God’s people may face a number of calamities including persecution, famine, poverty, and death, but even in the midst of such bitter trials, Jesus will be there for us. Paul could speak authoritatively on the matter of suffering, for the apostle well understood persecution. The scars on his back bore evidence that his ministry was anything but safe and undemanding.
Thus far, American Christians have largely faced nothing more than jeers and ridicule from the media and popular culture, but in many parts of the world, followers of Jesus Christ are hunted down and killed like animals. Or criminals. With that said, we must be reminded that the ugly realities of the world in no way negate the ironclad promise of God’s never-ending, unrestrainable love.
Have you been wounded for the sake of Christ? He, too, was wounded for our sakes. He did so ungrudgingly, and if you show Him your scars, He will show you His scars.
God loves you and nothing or no one is going to change this.