“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?”Romans 8:35
I have to admit … after nearly a month of social distancing and isolation, it’s really starting to get to me. Don’t get me wrong. Family time has been great. Getting some projects done around the house has been needed. Extra time to read and reflect and seek the LORD has been such a blessing.
But something is missing, and with each passing week, it’s become more clear.
We were created for community.
God saved us and gave us a family — brothers and sisters in Christ — with whom we are one in Spirit and bound together in love.
I never knew how much I would miss my church family until they were gone.
I never realized how essential the people of God would be until I was forced to live without them.
I have discovered a newfound appreciation for the church, and for that I am forever grateful.
“There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.”Ephesians 4:4-6
As I sit here feeling sorry for myself tonight, the Lord graciously and gently reminded me of what I needed to remember the most.
God reminded me that … You may be separated from your church family. You may be forced to isolate yourself from the ones you love. You may feel alone and disoriented without your brothers and sisters in Christ.
But never forget … nothing in all creation can separate you from Me and from My perfect love.
It is at times like this that the simple but profound promises of God ring so true in my weary heart.
Nothing can separate me from the love of Christ Jesus … and His love is enough. We will conquer the Coronavirus through the greatest power in the universe. The power of God’s perfect love.
“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.”Romans 8:37-39