“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?” — Romans 8:35
If you have parents, you’ve probably wondered at one time or another, “Do my parents love me?” If you are married, you’ve probably wondered at one time or another, “Does my spouse love me?” You’ve probably wondered at one time or another, “Do my friends love me?” We usually wonder if people love us when they seem distant or when the relationship is facing challenges.
Have you ever been in a difficult season of life and wondered, “Does God love me?” Perhaps you are in a difficult season right now and are wondering just that. Perhaps you have lost a job, are battling an illness, have lost a loved one or friend, or are experiencing persecution for your faith. Suffering can lead to doubting and questioning God’s love for us.
In Romans 8:18, we find believers wondering if God loves them because they are suffering. So Paul wraps up Romans 8 by stating that even during times of suffering, nothing can separate us from God’s love. We know God loves us because while we were still His enemies, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8).
So today, if you are doubting God’s love for you, you only have to look to Jesus as a reminder. Here’s a simple prayer to pray when you doubt God’s love for you: “Lord, remind me regularly that I am a Christian because You love me and nothing can separate me from Your love.”
— Ikki Soma, Houston Rockets chaplain
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