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Saturday, May 4, 2013

Saturday Sermonette - Nothing

My favorite passage in the whole Bible is this:

"For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creation, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 8:38-39, NKJV

I love this passage. It has sustained me through tragedies, illnesses, injuries, separations, collisions; good times and bad, He's always there. I could add to that list a little--even running away from Him won't separate you from His love.

Over the period of time when I was running from Him, I realized I dragged Him with me into situations and places where He'd really rather not be. I knew it, but I did it anyway. It really ate on me.

It wasn't as though I had asked Him to come with me. But like a faithful companion, He did. Not with a hammer over my head, but with love. Not with anger, but with pleading eyes. I pretended to ignore Him, but He didn't leave.

There would have been only one way I could have made Him leave: to tell Him I didn't want Him in my life any more, and mean it. I couldn't do that--and if I had, it would have been a lie. I did need Him; I just wasn't acknowledging it. I did love Him--just not more than myself.

But NOTHING can separate us from the love of God. Nothing.

Of course, that's assuming at some point in the past you were with Him. You can't separate something that wasn't together to begin with, right? But once you commit yourself to Him, there's that tie that won't come undone.

He's patient. He'll wait for us to acknowledge Him, to be His friend again.

Thank You, Lord. I don't ever want to be without You. Without You, there's no such thing as "home."
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