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05/16/2017

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Nothing From The Outside


"Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?" (Rom.8:35). "Not 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..." (Vs 37-39).

I would challenge you to read Rom.8:35-39 and meditate on it. The question is asked bluntly about who shall separate us from the love of Christ. If we look at the context, (35-39) there are evils that can strike man from the outside. Nothing is said here as to how an inward corrupting influence might affect man's love. Not persecution, hardship, trouble, famine, nakedness, danger or sword can force one to cease loving God. It would certainly seem that only the condition of one's heart can cause him to quit loving the Lord, so if it happens, its not because of any outside force or power. The bottom line says that its an inside job. Jesus said this; "Because lawlessness is increased, most people's love will grow cold" (Matt.26:12). Lawlessness (wickedness - iniquity) caused it, and that's an inside job... Since the question is asked, the fact remains that we are commanded to continue in God's love. That is proof that we can quit loving Him. Jesus constantly reinforced that we should love Him... "As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father's commands and remain in his love" (Jn.15:9-10). In the book of Revelation, which was written to seven churches in Asia, Jesus had an ax to grind with the church at Ephesus... "I hold this against you: You have forsaken your first love..." (2:4). Jesus admonished them to remember where they had fallen from and to repent and return to their first works... The thing that kills love is sin. Since love is a living thing, and any living thing can die, love and sin cannot coexist in the same heart. Sooner or later, one must crowd out the other. Lets be sure that our love for the Lord crowds out the sin...

Have a great day... Do good and give God the credit... Love mark Phil.4:11

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