from Pastor Matt Wilhelm

One of the songs that we’ll be singing together this Sunday is One Thing Remains; this song hits my heart on so many levels! The bridge goes like this:

"In death, in life, I’m confident and covered by
The power of Your great love
My debt is paid, there’s nothing that can separate
My heart from Your great love"

It reminds me so vividly of the Apostle Paul’s words from Romans 8:35-39:

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or sword? … No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 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 our Lord.

These incredibly powerful words close out a portion of Paul’s letter to the Romans that describes God’s restorative work in the lives of those who follow Him; a restorative work that culminates in each individual in God’s family being “conformed to the image of his Son (Rom. 8:29).”

When we sing these truths on Sunday, we don’t simply sing them because they’re inspiring. No, first and foremost we sing them because they’re true of who God is. The love of God is so entirely unlike the way that we love. If we’re honest, we tend to love with strings attached, expecting something in return for our sacrifice and efforts. But God loves us with the complete knowledge that we are fickle beings; he loves us despite who we are when we come to him asking for grace, and we can be confident that this grace covers us when we are faithless. God is faithful when we are faithless.

Because God is never changing and faithful to love when we don’t, we can sing these truths over one another as well. Make no mistake, if you have called upon Jesus as your savior and the Lord and leader of your life, your status as loved and redeemed is decided once and for all by a God who never goes back on his decisions.

It is so easy to allow our circumstances to determine what we think about God and think about ourselves. This song always reminds me that my walk with Christ is not about me, my goodness, my works, or my ability to love, but instead about Christ, his goodness, his righteousness manifested in me, and his ability to love without relent.

No matter who you are, where you’re coming from, or what you’ve done, remember that the love and work of Jesus is stronger than your sin. You are covered by the relentless and perfect love of God. More than that, though sin has distorted the image of God in you, the love of God is restoring you to the image of Jesus that you might join him in bringing that restoration to the world around you.

God loves you and in his love you have new purpose, new life, and a new nature. Let’s sing this over one another, singing an unchanging truth that’s founded in an unchanging God.

One of the songs that we’ll be singing together this Sunday is One Thing Remains; this song hits my heart on so many levels! The bridge goes like this:

In death, in life, I’m confident and covered by
The power of Your great love
My debt is paid, there’s nothing that can separate
My heart from Your great love

It reminds me so vividly of the Apostle Paul’s words from Romans 8:35-39:

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or sword? … No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 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 our Lord.

These incredibly powerful words close out a portion of Paul’s letter to the Romans that describes God’s restorative work in the lives of those who follow Him; a restorative work that culminates in each individual in God’s family being “conformed to the image of his Son (Rom. 8:29).”

When we sing these truths on Sunday, we don’t simply sing them because they’re inspiring. No, first and foremost we sing them because they’re true of who God is. The love of God is so entirely unlike the way that we love. If we’re honest, we tend to love with strings attached, expecting something in return for our sacrifice and efforts. But God loves us with the complete knowledge that we are fickle beings; he loves us despite who we are when we come to him asking for grace, and we can be confident that this grace covers us when we are faithless. God is faithful when we are faithless.

Because God is never changing and faithful to love when we don’t, we can sing these truths over one another as well. Make no mistake, if you have called upon Jesus as your savior and the Lord and leader of your life, your status as loved and redeemed is decided once and for all by a God who never goes back on his decisions.

It is so easy to allow our circumstances to determine what we think about God and think about ourselves. This song always reminds me that my walk with Christ is not about me, my goodness, my works, or my ability to love, but instead about Christ, his goodness, his righteousness manifested in me, and his ability to love without relent.

No matter who you are, where you’re coming from, or what you’ve done, remember that the love and work of Jesus is stronger than your sin. You are covered by the relentless and perfect love of God. More than that, though sin has distorted the image of God in you, the love of God is restoring you to the image of Jesus that you might join him in bringing that restoration to the world around you.

God loves you and in his love you have new purpose, new life, and a new nature. Let’s sing this over one another, singing an unchanging truth that’s founded in an unchanging God.

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