As Christians, we were taught nothing could separate us from God’s love. This idea is underscored in Apostle Paul’s words in Romans 8:38, “And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.”
This truth gives believers hope and comfort in their struggles, reminding and reassuring them that no matter what, God has our back and is supporting and sustaining us during our most difficult times. But, in a world where hatred, suffering, chaos, and evil seem to be rampant, how can we be sure that no matter what, we are indeed in the presence of our Almighty Father in heaven?
What Does It Mean That Nothing Can Separate Us From The Love Of God?
In every moment, whatever we do, wherever we are, amidst our highs and lows, as long as we have faith and love God, nothing can disconnect us from the redeeming power of God’s love. “Though the mountains be shaken, and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed, says the Lord, who has compassion on you” (Isaiah 54:10).
Paul mentioned in Romans 8 that we could overcome our battles through trust and faith in Christ’s love. He writes, “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: ‘For your sake, we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.’ No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us” (Romans 8:35–37).
God’s promise of salvation and eternal life that stems from His love for us can never be taken away nor revoked, for His Word is immutable, and God’s love is unwavering. Romans 8:39 emphasizes that nothing beyond the sky and earth can come between us and the love of Christ: “No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Some might think that this is only true for believers of Christ. What about the sinners? Does it mean God no longer loves those who sinned? Of course not! Remember that Christ died on the cross so that even sinners can be saved. In the Bible, this is reiterated in Romans 5:8, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
Can Anything Ever Separate Us From The Love Of God?
Yes and no. When we reject the only begotten Son of God, Christ, as our Savior, we can become separated from His love. So yes, we can stray away from His ultimate love by choice. Even though the Bible has numerous passages about this concept, humans are given free will; it is up to us to let God reign over our lives and let the Holy Spirit reside within us.
To experience and receive something, we must first believe and acknowledge its presence. In this context, we must first accept the truth that Christ is the Savior of this world we live in. The Lord God loves us and wants to be involved in our lives, but we must first invite and let Him in. God gave us free will from the very beginning, as He did with Adam and Eve, resulting in them disobeying His orders, hence the birth of man’s first sin.
On the other hand, when a person chooses to live with Christ, the notion that nothing can isolate us from the love of Christ becomes true. When we live by Jesus’ teachings, we become His children and will be fortunate to witness His unfailing love. Amid adversity and tribulation, God is with us in our fight to give us strength and sustain us.
The love of God towards his people and His faithfulness to the covenant with His creation are never-ending, even in moments of trial and hardship. “The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love, he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing” (Zephaniah 3:17).
Why Can Nothing Separate Us From The Love Of God?
When we let the Holy Spirit dwell in us, we receive a piece of His divine nature and are called to be part of His Church. We become not only the children of God but also His temple. He is an omnipotent God, and neither our sins nor demons can take away what’s His as long as we surrender everything to Him.
God loves us deeply that He sacrificed and sent His son not to condemn us but to save us, as written in John 3:16–17, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
John wrote in Revelation that those who embrace and believed in Jesus would have their names recorded in his book of life, “The one who conquers will be clothed thus in white garments, and I will never blot his name out of the book of life. I will confess his name before my Father and before his angels” (Revelation 3:5).
When people think of their deceased husband or wife, they might say their spouse is still with them because of the love and memories they shared when they were alive. Even when they die, we always carry them in our hearts, and no one can take that love away from us. But those who died are asleep in death and no longer know what’s going on in our lives.
This is not the case with Jesus. He did die on the cross for us but was resurrected from death afterward, like what Paul wrote in Romans 8:34, “Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.” Christ is alive and is watching over us, continuously advocating His followers before God.
How Should We Live If It Is True That Nothing Can Separate Us From The Love Of God?
As Christians, we must live in accordance with the Word of God, or what we call the Bible or Scriptures. The Bible serves as a guide on how we can honor and glorify God, and lead a life that is pleasing to His eyes. One way to do this is to trust and believe that our destiny is being orchestrated by an all-powerful God and to find solace in His unconditional love for His Church or believers.
Knowing that we cannot be separated from His love, we, as Christians, must also strive to live without fear. “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41:10). This is not to say that we should be immune to fear, after all, we are just humans. Pray when you’re afraid, and learn to rest in God.
Furthermore, understanding that God will not abandon nor forsake us, Christians should live without worries and be hopeful as everything happens in line with His plans. “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future'” (Jeremiah 29:11).
When Paul was in Rome, He did not do what Romans do, like what a famous saying tells us to do. Paul did not worship their gods. Instead, he taught and proclaimed the power of his God. Paul was not afraid because he was secure in his relationship with God. The verse in Romans 8:33 is a powerful reminder that no one can accuse or condemn us aside from God, “Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies.”
Being apart from God entails living a life plagued by hurt, pain, distress, suffering, and terror. When we are estranged from God, our negative emotions may lead us to engage in harmful behaviors. It can influence our decisions and may rob us of a satisfying and fulfilling life with Jesus Christ.
You might feel fear, worry, and lose hope when you feel lost, in doubt, or haunted by past mistakes. During these times, be reminded that God loves us deeply. The things you thought would break you are the things that God will use to transform you and those around you if only you trust in His plans and steadfast love. Surrender everything to God, and He will deliver you.