Thought for the week by pastor Diana Rutherford

by Struthers Cumbernauld

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?
Romans 8:35

The list that follows these words in the book of Romans are not particularly relevant for us here in the UK. However, it is a sad thought that in many countries Christians are persecuted for their faith. Our prayers are with them.

For us at home though, I wonder what can separate us from the Love of God? My list would be very different from Paul's: The busyness of life; social media; a broken relationship.

It's a sad thought to think that many Christians allow themselves to be separated from the Love of God by the pressures of life or by the way they live. We lose a quietness and stillness in our way of life that can make us strong.

How can we be effective in the kingdom of God if we lose our grasp on His strength? If we are perpetually busy in what we do and think this can indeed separate us from the Love of God.

But the verse says 'who'. The truth is, only we can separate ourselves from the Love of God. As we can open the door of our hearts to let Him in so we are the only ones who can close the door.

Sometimes, when we are not careful, it feels like that door swings shut of its own choosing and it takes will and effort to prise it open again. We become aware that our hearts have grown hard and we lack love and warmth to our Saviour. When that happens, stop in your tracks friend! Get away from the busyness of life. Wait in the quietness and silence until your thoughts stop racing and you find your heart begin to open again to that One.

Only then will you know that nothing can separate you from the Love of God.

'For thus saith the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel: “In returning and rest shall ye be saved, in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength; but ye would not."' Isaiah 30:15