Focal Passage: Rom. 5:6-19
I do not like conflict. I do not like fighting. I do not like disagreements, battles, or unpleasantness in any form.
I like happiness, calmness, and everyone getting along. However, bad things happen. Conflicts, money problems, sickness, injuries, and even death of friends or family members arise in our lives, when we only want things to be consistently fun and enjoyable.
I was old enough to know better when I realized that, when conflicts came about, I would take it to my Heavenly Father, but I would complain, letting Him know that I don’t like unpleasant situations. I would say, “Lord, You can’t love me to let that happen to me.”
That was a situation where, when I realized how foolish it was, I understood 1 Cor. 13:11: “When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.” When I am going through tough circumstances, I can find myself drawing closer to Him, as He is with me throughout the fear or pain.
Many years ago, I read of a man who was imprisoned for political reasons during the first years of Castro’s reign in Cuba. Increasingly barbarous things were done to him, until, finally, he was put into a coffin-like cubicle, and left there, lying on his back, with not enough room to move at all.
The man was finally released due to the efforts of his wife and friends in America, needing extensive medical care and physical therapy just to be able to walk again. However, his testimony was amazing. He actually mourned the loss of his time in the cubicle because he said that, in that terrible place, it was only Jesus and himself, together, and alone. He developed a love relationship with his Savior, and the distractions of the world made him miss that time alone with Him.
If we ever doubt how deeply our Lord loves us, we only have to think of Jesus’ sacrifice to bring us to Himself, and to read Rom. 8:37-39. After the question, “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? (v. 35) and a list of everything that exists, is added: “nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” That’s our answer: nothing shall separate us from God’s wondrous love.