The Daily Bible Verse today is Romans 8:38-39. Do we really understand what a glorious statement this is? There is nothing, no nothing, that can separate us from the love of God! We have this promise and yet the enemy continuously and often successfully tries to convince us otherwise. Rather than listen to what God says, we listen yet again to the enemy. "Did God really say...?" Sssssssss! When will we ever learn!
When God says something, He means it. Sometimes God does make a conditional promise. An example of a conditional promise is 2 Chronicles 7:14. In English, a conditional promise generally contains the "if clause" as in "IF you do thus and so, I will do...". Romans 8:38-39 does not contain the "if clause". It is an unconditional promise. This simply means that nothing can separate us from the love of God.
The image of this truth is beautifully illustrated in the story Jesus tells about the Prodigal Son. Culturally, the son did what was completely unacceptable. By demanding his inheritance prior to his father's death, the son was making a statement to the father. "You are dead to me!" The father had every right to not just disinherit his son; he had the right to kill him. In our western society of today, I don't think we quite grasp what a terrible thing this son did to his father. It was an act of both rebellion and rejection on the part of the son. Does this story have a familiar ring to it?
The father was merciful. He did not kill his son, disinherit his son or force him to stay even though he had not only the right but the power to do so. He not only released his son, he gave him his share of the inheritance even though he knew what the outcome probably would be. He did not give his son what he deserved. Why? Because his love for his son was unconditional.
The father gave his son grace. When the foolish son came to his senses and realized what he had so casually despised and thrown away, he came home a different son than when he left. He humbly came to see if his father would graciously allow him to work in exchange for a corner to sleep in and scraps from the table. His father's corners and scraps were far better than those in the pig sty!
The father not only ran to meet the son whose return he had been longing for; he restored his son. Why? Because his love for his son was unconditional.
This is the love the Father has for us. It is not based upon what we do or do not do. It is based upon the unconditional love He has for us. This is why, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8). This is how much the Father loves us!
Nothing really does mean nothing. There is nothing that can separate us from the love of God and we can always...come home.
What a wonderful promise this is!