And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.Romans 8:38-39 NLT
There are a number of people who promote the power of self-talk. Reach Out Australia says, “Self-talk is basically your inner voice, the voice in your mind which says things that you don’t necessarily say out loud. Often self-talk happens without us even realizing it and can be a subtle running commentary going on in the background of our mind. What we say in our mind can determine a lot of how we feel about who we are.” There can be positive, as well as negative self-talk.
Paul indicates a different approach available to Christ-followers.
Self-talk has been used to help conform the way we think and feel about ourselves. It can be used to build a positive mental framework. It’s based on how we want to see ourselves.
Scripture talk is used to confirm the truth of how God thinks and feels about us. It builds a purposeful mental and spiritual framework. It’s based in how God sees us.
Here’s a key foundational piece of Scripture talk . . . NOTHING CAN SEPARATE US FROM GOD’S LOVE.
Here are some reminders:
Approval. God not only loves us, He likes us. He has us engraved, maybe even tattooed in the palm of His hand. He reminds us, “See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands; Your walls are continually before Me.” (Is 49:16 NKJV)
Appreciation. He values us. He loves us so much that He offers His only Son’s life in order to provide us with access to His eternal family. Paul writes, “But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.” (Rom 5:8 NLT)
Acceptance. Knowing our weaknesses and faults, He still loves us. His love is founded in His grace, not our efforts. Paul gives these encouraging words, “God saved you by His grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God . . . For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” (Eph 2:8,10 NLT)
Anxiety. Through prayer and gratitude, trusting in Him, we can experience His peace that protects our feelings and our thoughts. Paul reminds us, “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” (Phil 4:6-7 NLT)
Abandonment. He will never go away. He will never give up. He will never get out. He is the Father to the fatherless. God is there for the long haul. God tells Joshua, “No one will be able to stand against you as long as you live. For I will be with you as I was with Moses. I will not fail you or abandon you.” (Josh 1:5 NLT). The scribe of Hebrews links God’s commitment to our contentment. He writes, “Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.’” (Heb 13:5 NIV)
Today, let your self-talk be Scripture talk . . . “Jesus, I know that nothing I do, nothing I think, nothing I say or nothing I feel . . . NOTHING . . . will make You love me any less or love me any more. You will never stop loving me.”
That’s power. That’s purpose. That’s a promise.