Thursday, July 14, 2016

Change and the Love of God

I am sure you have heard people say, “The more things change, the more they stay the same.” When I hear that statement, I think of an older saint reflecting on their lives. The person recognizes the many different seasons of life they have navigated. Simultaneously the person recognizes common patterns and qualities that always seemed present, regardless of the season. The more things changed, the more they stayed the same.

That statement and sentiment is not at odds with Christian belief. Christians understand that life is constantly on the move. God’s people are regularly adapting to the currents of the world in order to remain faithful in Christian worship and mission. In the middle of all that change, we recognize that our Lord Jesus is unchanging (Hebrews 13:6). Jesus is our constant in the midst of change.

In his letter to the church in Rome, Paul banks on the unchanging presence of Christ's love. Paul writes, “I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” In other words, whatever changes life brings, God and God’s love for us is going to be the exact same – always there.

As we navigate this new season at Faith Center, remember Jesus and His love for you. Nothing can separate any of us from God’s love in Christ Jesus. That means the more things change, the more God’s love stays the same!

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