BCL Grow: Moving Forward — Romans 8:38-39
Romans 8:38-39 (Perseverance)
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For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. — Romans 8:38-39
“Not that I have achieved perfect containment and gratitude. There will never be a real point of arrival. What matters is the movement forward. New circumstances require new adjustments, continued growth, and constant struggle.” — Jerry Sittser, A Grace Disguised: How the Soul Grows through Loss, p. 91.
Steps to Take
1. Consider: Major hurts such as the death of a loved one, abandonment, illness, divorce, being the victim of sexual abuse or other serious crimes, and extreme poverty are not things people “get over.” If your child were a prisoner of war, would you miss him or her less after five years than you did after one month? Of course not. The pain would be even greater after five years because it would be that much longer since you had been with each other. People can heal from major life traumas, but a scar is likely to remain. Instead of telling people who are hurting that they need to move on; help them to move forward.
2. Remember: Great losses force us not to hold too tightly to the things of this world and to remember that we belong to God. Our lives are in his hands, and he is sovereign—not us. That’s a good thing. The apostle Paul declares, “For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known” (1 Cor. 13:12). We will have all the answers to our questions that God, in his love and wisdom, is willing to share with us. In the meantime, God has given us his word and Spirit to remind us that, even in the midst of tribulation, we have the peace and love of our Father in heaven because of Christ our Savior.
3. Rejoice: We can move forward with courage as we cling to Christ, because sin and death won’t have the final word. God sent his Son to do for us what we could not do for ourselves: live the perfect life on our behalf and be the perfect atoning sacrifice for our sins. Through faith in Christ alone for our salvation, we will triumph over all the tragedies of this world and live forever with God in glory:
But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God (John 1:12).
Now that’s great comfort indeed.