The Struggle Is Real

God’s love is steadfast, eternal, constant. He will not abandon us. At times I question why things happen — the reason for traumatic events. Even though I wrestle with pain, struggle through trials, I do not doubt God’s love for me. His grace is abundant enough to feed my famished soul.

Yet I read Romans 8:38-39 and I find myself examining my heart. Am I convinced, as Paul, that nothing can “separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord (39, NIV).” There are times I feel separated from God, removed from him. It stirs up a yearning for Him deep in my heart, a search for walls that may yet remain; walls that hinder me from becoming closer to God.

At times I struggle with my humanity. It is as Paul wrote in Romans 7:15: “I do not understand; for I am not practicing what I would like to do, but I am doing the very thing I hate.” It is the struggle within, the process of orienting myself toward a life in Christ. It is the process of sanctification. Through it all, God’s love remains, no matter how wretched we feel about ourselves.

I need to remain convinced as Paul, that God will continue to love me no matter what my circumstances: “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 (38-39). I need to remember that it is Christ Jesus who strengthens me. In him I find my true identity.

© 2020 CGThelen

But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. – Romans 8:37, (NASB)

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