Devotional – Romans 8

31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? 33 Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36 As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.

The whole of Romans 8 is filled with wonderful words of comfort for a weary soul. From these passages above there are two points I’d like to draw to you attention. The first which relates to the opening verse of this chapter that we are no longer condemned when we are in Christ Jesus. So in verse 34 when it asks “who is to condemn?” there is one who tries to call for our condemnation, our adversary the devil, he accuses us of our sin and rebellion, but at every moment he makes an accusation there is Christ, our advocate, saying I died for that sin. So then our judge has nothing to condemn, so we are free, but not just free because we have been given all the blessings in Christ Jesus. Secondly, Paul points our attention to the struggles in life – tribulations, distresses, persecutions, famines, nakedness, and dangers – that no matter what we face we are always in the presence of God’s love. So though we may feel discouraged, depressed, and downtrodden we can always cling to the knowledge that in all that we suffer God loves us and is loving us in the midst of all our pain. So when trials come don’t flee from God, but run to him. So then our comfort in Christ comes to us for the here and now and the yet to come which gives us hope and joy for this life and the life we will live for all eternity with Christ.

 

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