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Romans 8:31-39
Psalm 109:21-22, 26-27, 30-31
Luke 13:31-35

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unbreakable bonds of love

"For I am certain that neither death nor life, neither angels nor principalities, neither the present nor the future, nor powers, neither height nor depth nor any other creature, will be able to separate us from the love of God that comes to us in Christ Jesus, our Lord." —Romans 8:38-39

Some of you are in prison. You've been separated from your loved ones. Some of you are divorced or separated from spouses. You too have been separated from your loved one. Some of you have been separated from a loved one because of their death. It's an awful, unceasing pain to be separated from love. Here is some wonderful news for you! There is Someone Who loves you; nothing can separate you from His love.

Jesus loves you. Jesus loves you. Jesus loves you. Absolutely nothing can stop Jesus from loving you. He loves you when you don't love Him. He loved you first, before you loved Him or if you've never loved Him (1 Jn 4:19). Jesus loves you in your sinfulness. He loved you before you turned to Him, even when you sinned against Him (see Rm 5:8). With age-old love He has loved you (Jer 31:3). Stop everything. Be still and know that Jesus is God (Ps 46:11). Know in the core of your being that Jesus loves you and nothing can separate you from His love.

Prayer:  Jesus, may all who read this "grasp fully...the breadth and length and height and depth of [Your] love, and experience this love" at this very moment (Eph 3:18-19).

Promise:  "If God is for us, who can be against us?" —Rm 8:31

Praise:  When tempted to judge another, Rick asks for the heart of Jesus for that person and is filled with love.

Reference:  (This teaching was submitted by a member of our editorial team.)
(Knowing God's words and being free to follow them is the goal of our retreat on Nov. 20-21, The NOW Word of God Breaks Chains. Call 513-373-2397 or 937-587-5464 or visit www.presentationministries.com to register.)

Rescript:  †Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, April 20, 2015

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