Let me start out with a riddle to see if you can figure out the answer; what is black when you buy it, red when you use it and grey when you throw it away? Can you guess? The answer is charcoal.
I am so thankful to have the opportunity to come to the Christian County Jail and share some fun and the love of Jesus with the ladies there; and tonight was no exception. We are finishing up the last part of Romans 8 where Paul asks the question who will separate us from the love of Christ? Then he makes a list of things like, tribulation, distress, persecution, famine, nakedness, peril or sword. The first list mentions things of the soul and body and the second list are things of the spirit, He says he is convinced that neither death, nor life, angels, principalities, things present, things to come, powers, height, depth, nor any other created thing will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. If we really believed this is true, we would not live our life in fear of how others treat us or think about us. I am talking about myself because in my new job there are opportunities for me to think the worst of others who are not trying to be friends with me. I feel like I just want to fit in with the other girls and it doesn’t seem to be working out that way. This verse came to me as we were studying Romans 6, 7, and 8, if God is for us, who is against us?
God is love and love is for someone else. Love is meant to give away and to be for others. You will be surprised at how many people do not know love i.e. God and don’t know how to walk in love. I have learned it is about putting to death my own desires and looking out for the next guy. Did you notice the words, “put to death” in verse 36? That means you don’t do it to yourself but someone else does it to you which would be God. As the sheep is lead to the slaughter, for your sake.
There is going to be suffering but it is so that the glory will come in the end. The glory is coming, folks. Glory is actually born out of suffering. Paul said, “I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed in us.” WOW, the ones who have gone before us have suffered greatly so that we wouldn’t have to. Who are you suffering for so that they don’t have to go through it?
Let me throw one more riddle at you; what is greater than God, more evil than the devil, rich people don’t need it, poor people have it and if you eat it, you will die? Think real hard. The answer is NOTHING. It’s the same thing that will separate you from the love of Christ!
Written by Tracey