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February 4, 2013

One Month to Love | Day 16

“Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean He no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? … No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.” Romans 8:35, 37 (NLT)

God’s love is so far beyond our comprehension. We have nothing with which to compare it. No human love measures up, not even the most intimate love of a husband and wife. His love is unconditional. God does not love us more when we are at our best nor does He love us less when we are at our worst. In your Lectio Divina today, ask the Holy Spirit renew your mind and refresh your soul with a deeper understanding of God’s love for you.

Read the verse out loud, slowly. What does it say to you? Record your thoughts in the margin of your Bible or in your prayer journal. The part that spoke most to me was the second question, Does it mean He no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death?”  To be honest, when life gets hard or I suffer a loss it causes me to question the love of God. In times like these, I need the truth about my circumstances. No circumstance, regardless how painful, whether done to me or done by me can ever separate me from the love of Christ nor does it diminish the victory that is mine in Christ. Read the verse again. What does God want you to do with what you’ve read?

As you read it one final time before you leave, consider the circumstances you are facing right now and begin to thank God for His love despite those circumstances. Rejoice in the “overwhelming victory” that is yours because Christ loves you and nothing can separate you from His love!