Feeling Secure in God’s Love
1 Therefore, since we have been declared righteous by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in the hope of God’s glory. 3 Not only this, but we also rejoice in sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance, character, and character, hope. 5 And hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.6 For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 (For rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person perhaps someone might possibly dare to die.) 8 But God demonstrates his own love for us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Much more then, because we have now been declared righteous by his blood, we will be saved through him from God’s wrath. 10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son, how much more, since we have been reconciled, will we be saved by his life? 11 Not only this, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received this reconciliation.
“There is no pit so deep, that God’s love is not deeper still.”
- Corrie ten Boom, Nazi concentration camp survivor
God declared and demonstrated His love for us before we were born.
35 Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will trouble, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36 As it is written, “For your sake we encounter death all day long; we were considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” 37 No, in all these things we have complete victory through him who loved us! 38 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor heavenly rulers, nor things that are present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Do I struggle being ruled by my feelings and fears rather than by my faith in my Father? If so, don’t go it alone - find individuals who can bind together with you in prayer to help you focus on Jesus rather than on the storm.
When I consider “heroes of the faith”: Joseph, Job, Moses, Elijah, Jeremiah, and nearly all God’s other prophets and apostles, what does it tell me about the reality of God’s love and approval even during times of sickness, despair, or rejection by others? How did they respond well and receive the love of God? Take time to review their examples in Scripture.
God’s future promises to us declare His love for us, otherwise He could have kept it hidden.
2 in hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the ages began.
*4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death will not exist any more – or mourning, or crying, or pain, for the former things have ceased to exist.”5 And the one seated on the throne said: “Look! I am making all things new!” Then he said to me, “Write it down, because these words are reliable and true.”
- Do I truly hope for Christ’s return, for Heaven, for having a glorified body free from pain and suffering - or is my focus mainly on things earthly (“under the sun” - see Ecclesiastes)? In which area (the eternal or the temporary) will I expect to find more of a sense of security in God’s love for me? Biblical hope is tied to the promise of eternity. God’s love is expressed through future hope, unaffected by temporary problems in this life.
“Don’t you hear them? This is my coronation day. I can see the chariots, I’m ready to board.”
- C.H. Spurgeon on his deathbed
“Can this be death? Why it is better than living! Earth is receding, heaven is opening. This is my coronation day”
- D.L. Moody on his deathbed