“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 creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38–39, KJV 1900)
Many, perhaps most of us have had wounds inflicted by others whom we have loved and believed they have loved us. The wounds came when they violated our trust, leaving to be with someone else. Perhaps they mistreated us and left or even later stated, “I never loved you.” Perhaps we have done this to someone else, hurting them in the same manner. This reality leaves deep scars in people’s lives.
The scars this leaves in people’s lives can have long-term devastating effects. One of those is trust issues in relationships. A person hurt like this may struggle to trust another in a relationship. They may also fear abandonment or develop separation anxiety. To some extent, these types of fears affect all of us. However, to those who have been severely wounded, these things create tremendous issues.
These trust issues do not only influence their earthly relationships, but also their heavenly ones. Some may struggle to come to trust the eternal permanence of Christ’s love for them. They look back at the sad episode in their lives and think, maybe it was something that they did to cause their former love to leave. and therefore, they wonder if I mess up in my relationship with Jesus, will He abandon me.
Paul writes to let us know that the type of love that Christ has for us is unconditional. It is not dependent on us or anything else. He wants believers to have perfect assurance of their relationship with Jesus Christ. Jesus stated it, “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee” (Hebrews 13:5, KJV 1900). There is nothing, absolutely nothing in heaven or earth that can separate us from His love. There is nothing that can be done to us or by us that will separate us from Him.
Friends, we are eternally secure in Christ.