Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
As a writer with a small ever-growing group of followers, I felt it important to express my gratitude for your faithfulness as I grow in God’s love as a writer. If you had told me four years ago, I would become a published writer, be the owner of a website with followers across the world from China, Sudan, Poland, and Arizona I would have laughed and yet here I am standing in the promises of God. But I have also come to realize that it wasn’t until recently that I didn’t fully understand what this meant. We hear it all the time in sermons, testimonies, even hymns and yet the question begs to be asked what should it mean to us as Christians when it’s said we are standing on the promises of God?
Being a Christian is not being a part of a club that meets once a week every Sunday. Some Christian’s are not able to go to church at all whether due to medical disabilities or maybe because the very proclamation of their faith means the difference between life and death. Being a Christian is not represented by the cross necklaces we wear around our necks nor is it about the fasting we may partake in. Being a Christian is knowing that even in the darkest of days when every second is cloaked in blackness. When you cannot see any hope for brighter days, when you have run out of time, faith, and hope. When every breath is labored with fear and worry, and even when you are in those desperate terrifying moments of life when you no longer have the strength to stand it is then and only then that you kneel. It’s in these moments that you utter a cry from the deepest corner of your gut why that a still small voice whispers in your ear, “Because I love you.”
Being a Christian is not about memorizing verses by heart, being a prayer warrior, discerning passages in a Bible, nor is it about being happy all the time. Being a Christian is knowing that when the sunshine warms your cheeks and the songbird hums in your ear. That when you look around at your life and couldn’t imagine it being any more perfect than it already is. It is in these very moments that a single tear rolls down your cheek as you look around and ask God why that the songbird whispers in your ear, “Because I love you.”
It is only until we have experienced God’s love in the good times and bad that we can proudly proclaim from the deepest pit and on the tops of the tallest majestic mountains that we are standing on promises of God.
Romans 8:35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ …” Insert Name of Site in Italics. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Jan. 2016 <http://biblehub.com/romans/8-35.htm>.