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Safety Amid Many Dangers

Romans 8:35-37
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: "For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered." No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. (NIV)

Many believers in Christ feel apprehensive about their safety as they face many dangers. Two unasked questions might be, "How safe am I in Jesus?", or "What do I have to do to make sure that God still loves me?" Humanly, we do not feel worthy of His love (and we are not, it only comes to us by His grace). And we can easily slip into a religion of works, believing that if we do the right things then He will love us more - and that is not Biblical either.

The truth is that God is love (1 John 4:16). The love of Christ is the love of God because He is one with the Father (John 10:30). That love can never fail because it is an intrinsic part of the nature of God. He cannot stop loving because He is love. But what about the dangers all around? Some may say, "If He loves me why does He allow such threats to surround me?" The threats do not cancel out God's love or make it ineffective; indeed God's love is designed to give us confidence so that we do not fear the danger (1 John 4:18).

God's people will always be at risk of spiritual attack until Jesus Christ returns. He suffered and we too are called to suffering (Philippians 1:29). But our pain is always limited by His love, and through His love we can overcome. God does not take us out of the battle but His love urges us to face the enemy and not be frightened to turn away. Following Jesus does not take us out of the conflict zone but enables us to win the battles in His Name. So, do not be discouraged. Christ, who has paid for you with His own blood, will not stop loving you. He is with you in trouble and will enable you to overcome. So keep on trusting, obeying and serving - do not back away because of threats: "because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world." (1 John 4:4).

Loving God. Thank You that You love me. I need to believe that more and more as threats and dangers increase. Please forgive me for my weakness and anxiety which has deflected me from consistently facing up to the challenges in my life. Help me to trust in Your unfailing love and be willing to be Your representative in a world which hates You. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
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