35 Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death?
36 (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”)
37 No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.
Romans 8:35-37 (NLT)
This is another powerful passage in the Bible. Verse 35 has 2 questions but they are not truly questions. They are challenges for us. The message of this verse says nothing can separate us from Christ’s love. Jesus’ love for us is so powerful that it enables us to overcome every adversity in life, may they be trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death. Jesus’ love for us is greater than them all.
I am not surprise if there are religious people who will pervert this beautiful verse in saying that Christ’s love means he will cause us to have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death. That is a lie from the pit of hell. It is a common practice for religious people to take the lies from hell as their doctrines.
In this article, we shall stick to what the Bible says and not the perversion of religion. Verse 35 tells us that Jesus’ love for us is greater than all the troubles that we can ever face. It does not say Jesus’ love creates troubles for us.
In Verse 36, Paul tells us the about the setbacks that believers had gone through. “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.” Please note that this is only a setback. It is not meant to be permanent nor was it a calling. It is never the will of God for us to be killed every day and be slaughtered like sheep. Our God is not a pervert. Every one of us will face some setbacks in our lives but that does not mean we must allow them to oppress us forever. How are we going to deal with these setbacks? Verse 37 tells us how.
It says, “No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.” I like the “No”. Our response to the setbacks we face is a clear “No.” Just because we face some setbacks in life, it does not mean we can never overcome them. After the “No”, the writer continues with “despite all these things”. The “these things” in this verse refers to the setbacks listed in Romans 8:35-36. So, despite the worst setbacks mentioned in Romans 8:35-36, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.
Let me simplify that. Romans 8:37 speaks of:
1. We have overwhelming victory.
2. This victory comes from Christ who loved us.
3. This victory is ours despite the worst setbacks we can ever face.
Let us start with the first point. We are not just destined to be victorious. Our destiny is overwhelming victory. I like the “overwhelming”. It means more than we can ever dream of. This is the character of our God. He likes to give us more than we ever dare to dream or ask for. So, get ready for your overwhelming victory. If you are asking God for a million dollars, get ready for a billion or even a trillion dollars. God is committed to overwhelming you with good things. Are you ready for it? How do you plan to get ready for it? The second point gives us the answer.
We need to realize that it is Jesus’ love for us that enables us to receive the overwhelming victory that God has for us. Never stray from his love. How do we stay in Jesus’ love and not stray from it? The answer is to spend time with him. Take time to pray, read the Bible, listen to faith message, confess his goodness and do whatever you can to remind yourself how much Jesus loves you. In other words, do whatever you can to fill your heart with Jesus’ love. When that happens, your overwhelming victory will manifest very soon.
What if you are still facing some setbacks right now? The third point tells us that God’s overwhelming victory is true despite the setbacks you are facing right now. This means our focus and faith must be on the faithfulness of God and not on the problems. Our God is greater than all our problems and he has guaranteed us that he will give us overwhelming victory over them.
You may be very poor and deep in debt. If you focus on your poverty, nothing will happen. However, if you choose to focus on how much Jesus loves you and fill your heart with his love, your overwhelming victory will come. Your overwhelming victory will not just remove your poverty and debts. It will make you very rich. In fact, you will be overwhelming rich. In case some people are too religious to understand the meaning of “rich”, let me make it simple. Being rich includes having a lot of money. You will have so much money that you can afford to live like a king. Living like a king may be a blasphemy to religious people but not to God.
Here is another one. You are very sick and the doctors have told you there is no hope for recovery. If you focus on those statements, nothing will happen. However, if you choose to focus on how much Jesus loves you and fill your heart with his love, your overwhelming victory will come. Your overwhelming victory will not just remove your “incurable” disease. It will even give you overwhelming health. You will be healthier than before you were infected with that “incurable” disease. It will be fun if you can stand in front of those doctors who had earlier pronounced you “incurable” and challenge them to prove the existence of that disease in your body. Watch their shock faces when they cannot find it. Overwhelming victory is fun.
In conclusion, no matter how many or how bad your setbacks are right now, God will give you overwhelming victory over them. Once you have that overwhelming victory, you situation will turn around. Your poverty will turn into prosperity. Your sickness will turn into health. Your failures will turn into successes. All you need to do is to fill your heart with Jesus’ love for you.