“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?” (Rom. 8:35)
Another way of putting this scripture is: What shall separate us from LOVING Christ?
Amongst the things mentioned here there is nothing good, certainly not for the flesh. And yet this scripture does not indicate that these things will not come upon us. In fact, the very reason they are mentioned here is because they will come. They are a part and parcel of the cross that we are to take up in following Christ.
Most believers will not notice this and they will read this scripture and not see the RESPONSIBILITY attached to us in it. Most will just read about the love of Christ… They are not willing to take up their part following Him.
But the element of responsibility will always be there in our relationship with Christ.
Notice even the sword is mentioned here. This indicates the great price that we must be willing to pay to enter into the Kingdom of God. If we are to expect even the sword, how much more should we be willing to undergo the far lesser sufferings that we are called upon to endure on a daily basis?
Things like lack or hunger ought to be at the bottom rung of OUR list of things. There are far tougher things. How about dealing with the pride in our hearts? Thanks be to God for the revelation of the cross.
The cross will come to us in many different ways. But when we are carrying the mind of Christ we will be more than willing to identify ourselves with His life, in suffering and dying with Him.
‘Walk in the light.’ A walk in the Spirit is, ‘naked and opened unto his eyes.’