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35 Who could ever divorce us from the endless love of God’s Anointed One? Absolutely no one! For nothing in the universe has the power to diminish his love toward us. Troubles, pressures, and problems are unable to come between us and heaven’s love. What about persecutions, deprivations,[a] dangers, and death threats? No, for they are all impotent to hinder omnipotent love, 36 even though it is written:

All day long we face death threats for your sake, God.
    We are considered to be nothing more
    than sheep to be slaughtered![b]

37 Yet even in the midst of all these things, we triumph over them all, for God has made us to be more than conquerors,[c] and his demonstrated love is our glorious victory over everything![d]

38 So now I live with the confidence that there is nothing in the universe with the power to separate us from God’s love. I’m convinced that his love will triumph over death, life’s troubles,[e] fallen angels, or dark rulers in the heavens. There is nothing in our present or future circumstances that can weaken his love.

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Footnotes

  1. 8:35 Or “hunger and nakedness.”
  2. 8:36 See Ps. 44:22.
  3. 8:37 Love has made us more than conquerors in four ways: (1) No situation in life can defeat us or dilute God’s love. (2) We know that divine love and power work for us to triumph over all things. (3) We share in the victory spoils of every enemy we face (Isa. 53:12). (4) We have conquered the Conqueror with merely a glance of our worshiping eyes. We have won his heart (Song. 4:9; 6:5).
  4. 8:37 Clearly implied in the text with the Greek word hupernikao. The love of God gives us “a glorious hyper-victory,” more than can be described or contained in one word. God’s love and grace has made us hyper-conquerors, empowered to be unrivaled, more than a match for any foe!
  5. 8:38 Or “life”; by implication, the troubles and pressures life may bring.

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