“Wrestling With Romans”
Love That Works for Us – (Chapter 8 Verses 28-39)
You would be hard pressed to find better verses to encourage than these, what power they give us. To stand here on the threshold of your Christian life, knowing that every single thing that happens to you in future days, will work out for your good (v28). And that that is guaranteed, because your Father has promised to orchestrate it for all those who love him. We perhaps have different opinions with regards to creed, or our Church relations and government may be different. We may have a lot going for us, we may have very little going for us. Our circumstances may be extremely difficult, they may not be, but whatever, all things, God works for good to those who love him. It is this love, not to be understood in a sense of merit, or reward, but what God himself has made us. It is the outworking of his glorious purpose, his calling us to be saints (Romans1.7; v27; Ephesians 1.11; 2Timothy 1.9), and all the chain of events involved in making that happen. We are lovers of God because of his powerful grace, and in addition to that, for your complete comfort he says, you ought to know that the sovereign grace and love involved in making you his saints, also works in sovereign providence for your good too.
To know and to be known of God, to love and to be loved of God, this is what we were made for (1John 1.5-7). To bask in, to rejoice in, to sing in, to live in the light of his love. O that we might know a fresh baptism of his love, that the indivisible person of the Holy Spirit who already indwells us, would well up within and fill us, touch our hearts again, warm us, melt us, draw us, and cause us to reciprocate that love:
“O thou who came from above
The pure celestial fire to impart,
Kindle a flame of sacred love
On the mean altar of my heart!”
Let us with a deep and meaningful repentance of our cold-heartedness towards God, allow a new, and warm, satisfying love to fill our hearts. God will respond to that, revealing himself to us again, in close passionate communion. Once you get a glimmer of the experience of his love, you’ll want more and more, there’s no end to his infinite love. To know and love God is what you were created for and chosen to (Revelation 2.4).
(© James R Hamilton, written September, 1997)