“And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39
This is one of those many passages that you’ve probably heard repeatedly throughout your time spent with other people who read the Bible or attend Church. It’s not a straightforward verse like John 3:16, instead, it is deceptively simple. It uses terms that we can all relate with yet it tells us that those terms are never going to be sufficient to properly and wholly communicate the power of God’s love.
There are few things that we can’t explain away, or at least begin to explain in this modern world we live in. Yes there are some miracle healings, new creatures and a few other things that give us pause, but not for long. We’re incredibly blessed with abilities to comprehend and analyze just about everything we meet. But love is the one topic that continues to boggle us after centuries of studying it. Even the great poets seem to conclude that there are no words to accurately describe it to the fullest. So if human love boggles our minds, how much more incredible must the love of God be?
Love like this can’t be put in a box, can’t be ever fully understood and shouldn’t be dismissed as inconsequential. In fact, love is one of the things that we should most revere and respect, and God’s love even more so. So if we can’t begin to fully understand it, what are we to do?
As with many things we need to first accept love for the power it has and the ability it has to bring us together. It may seem like love separates us when it brings two people together away from their families, but in fact it brings two families together, or it should. Love should be used to heal, to bridge gaps, to find common ground and to unite our world. Instead we’ve often relegated it to being a stupid teen emotion, which is the farthest thing from the truth.
If God puts such emphasis on love that it can’t be described, shouldn’t it have a place of importance in our lives?