Originally written to a friend in 2013
While dying from cancer in 2000, Dr. James Montgomery Boice penned a hymn based on Romans 8:38-39. Each stanza was written as a question, and the answer was given in the refrain of “Nothing! Hallelujah!” The last verse provides the essence of the hymn. “We face death for God each day; What can pluck us from His way? Let God’s people ever say, “Nothing.” Hallelujah!” Nothing. Nothing can separate us from the love of God, nothing can separate us from our eternal home with Him, and nothing can separate us from victory in Him. Such confidence only comes from belief in His character. If you do not believe that God is who He says He is-believe and not just know-you will not be able to stand firm in faith on a daily basis. If you live with the confidence that nothing, absolutely nothing, can separate you from the love of God then you will live freely, knowing that every day you wake up, no matter what you did the night before- good or bad- God is pleased with you and loves you because of what Christ has done, not because of what you do or have done. Not to say that what we do does not matter, but we need to recognize that we are not guilty anymore, and we live not under a strict list of dos or don’ts, but under the knowledge of what Christ has done and we can raise up from our burdens and lift our arms to heaven in praise and act in a way that brings a smile to the face of our Father. Hard to comprehend, easy to forget, but revolutionary in the sense that Christianity is the only religion where the performance comes after the verdict. That is gospel living. That is living that comes from believing that nothing can separate us from the love of God. -M.