Love—it has inspired music and poetry and countless fairy tales. Love is depicted as our greatest aspiration and most powerful force. As poet Maya Angelou said, “Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.”
Romantic love, parental love, friendship love—these all are indeed powerful feelings and motivations. Greater than any dimension of human love, however, is the love of God. And because of our identity in Christ, we are free to experience His love without hindrance or barrier.
Our text today describes the nature and action of God’s love for us. God gave His own Son to die for our sins and raised Him from the dead (vv. 32, 34). God has chosen, called, and justified us through Jesus (vv. 29–30). God continues to work in our lives to
bring about good that blesses us and glorifies Him, and Jesus continues to serve as our advocate in heaven (vv. 28, 34). God’s love is not simply passive feelings. His love is action that saved us and continues to bless us.
Nothing can separate us from this love. Whatever happens to us during our lives on this earth, it has no power over God’s love. Opposition, persecution, suffering— none of these can extinguish God’s love for us. And no spiritual powers will be victorious over God’s love, either. Neither death nor demons can cause the love of God to cease (vv. 35–39).
Verse 31 sums up our response: “What, then, shall we say in response to these things?” God has made it possible for us to be free to accept and enjoy His love in Christ. How can we refuse this powerful, unbreakable, saving love, and how can we resist sharing the news of this love with everyone?
Apply the Word
The truth is we don’t always feel loving or beloved. Thank God that His love doesn’t depend on our feelings! If you are experiencing life’s difficulties, take time to thank God that no trial or challenge can stop His love for you. Thank Him for His continuing work for good in your life. Write verses 38 and 39 on a card to carry with you as a reminder of His love.