Sjolander Road Fellowship




Declaring the God of Unconditional Love

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12/29/13

 

Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

 

Undoubtedly some have questioned the meaning of Paul's words above. In many cases what we observe in the lives of those claiming to be God's chosen people, Christians specifically, seems anything but good. These people suffer illness and loss just like the rest of the world. Of course, the church will likely clarify and suggest that what Paul meant was that ultimately it all works out for God's special ones because they get to go to heaven. In other words whatever happens along the road to heaven is okay because the destination is the issue not the events on the way. Such a philosophical mindset probably is somewhat beneficial, but too often such thinking has been an excuse to dismiss earthly inequalities as insignificant, God ordained, and therefore of no consequence.

 

I suspect that a part of what Paul was saying is that life circumstances, varied as they are, should not define us, force us to label ourselves as good or bad, worthy or unworthy. But additionally I think Paul was stating that all things are possible to those who love like God and are therefore aligned with His/their eternal purpose. I doubt seriously that humanity has been called to love God separate from a call to love our ourselves and fellowmen equally. I further suggest that this call to love is the very reason we exist on planet earth, to learn the power of love and to see its transformative effect on human society. In other words, the love of God, fully embraced and mirrored in our personal lives, has the potential to make all things good. The fact that all does not seem good yet possibly indicates that we have not truly believed in the messenger from God who loudly proclaimed that love is our divine purpose.

 

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