Written By: Eli Dozier
Do you have a favorite bible verse? What about a favorite book of the bible, or chapter? Today, I want to share with you what my favorite chapter of the bible is. If you don’t already have it, go ahead and grab your bible and turn to Romans 8. Romans is another New Testament book written by Paul. As you read through Romans 8, think about what your biggest takeaways are in the chapter and write them down. I’ll share my 3 biggest take aways from the beginning, middle and end. When your finished reading and have had a chance to write down your takeaways, connect with someone from your small group and share with them. Also, if you have a favorite verse, chapter, or book, think about why its your favorite and share that as well. Now here are my 3 biggest takeaways from Romans 8:
Romans 8:1 “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”
Paul starts Romans 8 by laying down the truth. If you are a Christian, you are forgiven. While this was a hard concept to understand back in 57AD, I’m willing to say it’s still a hard concept to understand today. When Jesus died on the cross, He died for every sin. That means past, present, and future. Because of His death, our debts are payed and we are marked by the Savior. In Christ, our sins are forgiven and we are children of God.
Romans 8:18 “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.”
This one gets me excited. Have you ever had a bad day? What about a bad week? There is so much sin and pain in this world that sometimes it can feel unbearable. Whatever it is that we wrestle with here on Earth, just know that something much better is waiting for us in Heaven. Paul reassures us that even the lowest moments of this life aren’t worth comparing to what we’ll see in the next one. When we are with Jesus, our focus won’t be on the trials of our lives, but on the glory of His. Life is hard, and we will suffer. But be assured that something better is coming.
Romans 8:38-39 “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.”
Paul ends this chapter with reassurance that nothing can separate us from the love of God. Christ’s love has been proven to us through the sacrifice of Jesus. God became man and suffered so that we could be glorified. God’s love for us is so strong that nothing can separate Him from us. Have you ever experienced a love like that before?
I hope that you were able to enjoy Romans 8 in the same way I do every time I read it. I’ll say this again, reach out to someone in your small group and tell them what stuck out to you in this chapter. God wants for us to have a relationship with Him, and He wants us to have relationships with each other.
Be sure to come back tomorrow as we wrap up our devotionals in Ephesians 1. While we won’t be posting anything on Saturday or Sunday this week, I would encourage you to still make time for God. Maybe read over your favorite chapter, and if you haven’t already, think of 3 reasons why it’s your favorite.
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