For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 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.
Prior to GPS, road trips were conducted using paper maps (which you could never re-fold correctly after unfolding them!). Even shorter car trips were made with directions scratched on a piece of paper. Getting there was not guaranteed. But today, drivers will leave the east coast by car, headed to California, with nothing but their smartphone. Because of GPS we can head into the unknown with confidence.
For similar reasons, the apostle Paul wrote that we can bear, believe, hope, and endure all things because of God’s love in our life (1 Corinthians 13:7). Because God is love (1 John 4:8, 16) and His love is in us (1 John 4:12), we can go into an unknown future without fear. We can love others and love God because we know that nothing “shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
It was love that motivated God to reach out to mankind (John 3:16). That same love allows us to respond to Him and others in perfect faith.
Our response to temptation is an accurate barometer of our love for God.
Erwin W. Lutzer