There’s absolutely nothing that can separate you from God or His love. Perhaps you did something wrong and are reaping the consequences of your actions by being incarcerated. Perhaps you are emotionally captive because of trauma in your life that you can’t yet move beyond. Perhaps you are disabled and imprisoned in a body that doesn’t work like it should.
Romans 8:35-39 (NKJV)
35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written:
“For Your sake we are killed all day long;
We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.”
37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Because Jesus was imprisoned before His crucifixion, He understands what you are going through. During that time, He experienced emotional and physical pain as He was mocked and scorned not only by those Jews who wanted Him out of their lives but also by the Roman soldiers who were guarding Him. (Matthew 25:57-67, John 19:1-3) Pastor G and I hope you can see that Jesus can really relate to your emotional and perhaps physical suffering as a prisoner. He is here to support, comfort and encourage you in ways that others can’t.
Jesus not only came to die for us so that we can be with God for eternity, He also came to show us how to live God’s law of love. He is love, and He therefore came to show us how to be like Him. Pastor G and I pray that you not only embrace Him and His love, but that you open yourself to receive His love and embrace 24/7.
Father God, please release me from whatever is holding me prisoner and let me be free in Your love. Help me to remember always how much You love me and so very much want to continue that special spiritual love relationship for eternity. Help me to encourage others who may feel stuck in disability of the physical or spiritual kind while being Your instrument through which You work to set them free, too. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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