A dear sister in Christ, emailed me this morning with these words of encouragement from God's Word. I pray they bless you as they have blessed me.
This election morning for my devotions I was drawn to read Romans 8.I thought you, too, might be encouraged by some of these wonderfultruths. (It may sound a bit different to you than usual -- I've beenreading some from the New Living Translation, which my sister gave me,because sometimes I pay better attention to the words if thetranslation is slightly different than I'm used to.)Romans 8So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit hasfreed you from the power of sin that leads to death. . . .So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves.Instead, you received God's Spirit when he adopted you as his ownchildren. Now we call him, "Abba, Father." . . . And since we arehis children, we are his heirs. In fact, together with Christ we areheirs of God's glory. But if we are to share his glory, we must alsoshare his suffering.Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will revealto us later. . . .And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don'tknow what Gd wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for uswith groanings that cannot be expressed in words. And the Father whoknows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spiritpleads for us believers in harmony with God's own will. And we knowthat God causes everything to work together for the good of those wholove God and are called according to his purpose for them. . . .What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is forus, who can ever be against us? Since he did not spare his own Sonbut gave him up for us all, won't he also give us everything else?Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own?: No one -- forGod himself has given us right standing with himself. . . .Can anything ever separate us form Christ's love? Does it mean he nolonger loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, orhungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? . . .No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours thoughChrist, who loved us.And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God's love.Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fearsfor today nor our worries about tomorrow -- not even the powers ofhell can separate us from God's love. No power in the sky above or inthe earth below -- indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be ableto separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesusour Lord.