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Thought for March 2021

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“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written: “For Your sake we are killed all day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.” Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” (Romans 8:35-37)

 

The idea of living a “victorious” Christian life is an alluring one, partly because we often imagine that it means a life from which difficulty, dullness and doubt are absent, which is achieved through our own hard work, self-discipline and attentive Bible reading and prayer. in this passage Paul reminds us that we are “more than conquerors”—victorious language if ever there was!—but that this status does not come by some self-generated effort, but “through Him who loved us”. Hard work, self-discipline and attentive Bible reading and prayer may well be helpful, but they are not the foundation on which this status rests. While Paul does not explain what it means to be “more than conquerors”, his own life, as recorded in 2 Corinthians, indicates that he probably would not have seen it as meaning that our lives are free from trouble, or hardship or peril, but that, somehow—mysteriously alluded to by his quotation of Psalm 44:22—within those experiences God is never less than fully with us and working out His purposes for both us and His creation. May you live as more than conquerors in whatever circumstances you face at the moment.

Yours in our Lord Jesus Christ,

The Müllers Prayer Team


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