Otsego United Methodist Church
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Where Jesus' Love is Lived!
By: Reverend Dan Minor
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38, 39
We live in relationships. When we want to describe a close relationship, we may say, “As a couple, they are inseparable.” The same may be said of some friendships.
Jesus often spoke of the special relationship He had with His Heavenly Father. He said, “The Father and I are one” (John l0:30). To know Jesus is to know God (John 8:19). One of the reasons His enemies turned against Him was His claim to be the Son of God (John l9:7).
Jesus described His desired relationship with His disciples as a Shepherd and sheep (John l0) and as a Vine and branch (John l5). Shortly before His death He prayed for unity among all His followers, including us (John l7).
Oneness with God is always tested. For example, some define sin as anything that separates one from God. Correction: Nothing can separate us from God’s love, not even sin.
Another example is the hardships of life. In times of trials, suffering and loss, it is common for some to feel alienated from God. Nothing could be further from the truth. Apostle Paul was imprisoned, beaten, stoned, shipwrecked, hungry, cold, in danger, and close to death (2 Corinthians 11:23-27). Yet he felt close to God.
Remember the testimony of Corrie Ten Boom, a prisoner of war in a World War II death camp. In her book The Hiding Place, she said, “There is no pit so deep that God is not deeper still.” (The Hiding Place)
Question: Does the term inseparable describe our relationship with God?
Dear Lord, draw me nearer to you. Amen.