It’s safe to assume every believer doubts the love of God at some point.
Often during extremely difficult seasons we begin to wonder how a loving God could allow such painful things into our lives. Does He not see? Does He not care? There are other times when God feels so distant and although we struggle and strain we can’t quite seem to hear His voice or sense His presence. Sometimes our sin, which we can never quite seem to overcome, is the reason we believe God simple couldn’t love us. Then there are still other times we wonder if God is simply too busy with the affairs of this world to bother pouring His love out on us.
Whatever the reason, doubting God’s love is perhaps an effective strategy of the enemy to get believers off course.
But we who have been immersed in Romans know our present text settles the question once and for all. We can NEVER be separated from the love of Christ. Neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:38-39).
Whew! I’m not sure we could imagine anything that falls beyond that comprehensive list!
How can we be sure of God’s love for us? Romans 8:26-39 gives us three evidences of God’s love.
Spirit Intercedes For Us
Words sometimes escape us. They float just beyond our grasp. We want to pray, but we don’t know how to articulate the longings and desires of our hearts (Romans 8:26). There are things that are simply too deep or too high too express.
But God’s love is proven in the ongoing ministry of intercession of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit prays for us with groanings too deep for words. When we don’t know what to say, we can rest assured He does. And He always prays according to the will of the Father (Romans 8:27). Whatever He asks for of the Father on our behalf lies within His perfect will for us.
God Causes All Things to Work Together for Good
God’s sovereignty is far greater than we can comprehend. Combine this with His infinite love for us, and we have the truth found in Romans 8:28. God is willing and able to take every circumstance in our lives — even the ones marked with pain, suffering, and injustice — and cause them to work together for our good and His glory.
This promise is not extended to the whole world, but only for those who love God and are called according to His purpose. Those who are walking in obedience to His will for their lives can expect their God to lovingly manage each detail of their lives in a way that brings ultimate good.
Does it always feel good? Of course not. But the prodding and pruning is far more bearable when we know the God is shaping us into the image of His Son.
God’s love is proven in His ability to work all things together for good.
God Did Not Spare His Own Son
It’s a logical question. If God didn’t spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also freely give us all things? (Romans 8:32).
God’s love is proven through the cross.
God has not withheld anything from us. In fact, we have been given everything for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3). Even when humanity turned their backs on God and chose to walk in their own wisdom, God had a plan, one which was established from the foundation of the world. And that plan involved freely giving what was most precious to Him. In the gift of the manger which inevitably led to the cross, the evidence of God’s love took on human skin.
Even when we find ourselves in the midst of seasons of difficulty, isolation, sin, or doubt, we can still be rooted and grounded in His love (Ephesians 3:17). We can comprehend the width and length and height and depth of a love that surpasses knowledge (Ephesians 3:18).