Our scripture this morning is Romans 8:31-34.

What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not withhold his own Son, but gave him up for all of us, will he not with him also give us everything else? Who will bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? It is Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us.

God created the world, gave it to us and we messed up! God gave us His son to release us from our sin – let’s not mess this up! God wants us back so badly He is willing to do anything for us. All we need do is accept the love and forgiveness Jesus bought for us on the cross.

Evil will still whisper in our ear “It can’t be that easy!” This is why we must rebuke evil as Jesus did (Matthew 4:10), following the path He has set for us. Paul tells us “If God is for us, who is against us?” and we know nothing can stand against the Lord Almighty.

Later in this chapter Paul writes “Nothing can separate us from God’s love” (Romans 8:39). However, we can separate ourselves by allowing the world to influence us. This has been our challenge since the very beginning. God has justified us through the sacrifice of Jesus and His resurrection. Now we are His representatives, called to share His love everywhere.

Gracious God, You have blessed and redeemed us through the gift of Your son. Help us to bring this sacrificial love to all Your children. Amen.

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