Living in Peace with God

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“Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Romans 5:1

As I write this today, peace would certainly not be the first word to come to mind when describing the state of affairs in our country. There is a level of unrest that has not be seen on such a scale in many, many years. Some have compared the recent magnitude of protests to what was seen in the 60’s. There are calls from across the land for peace and justice for all of our citizens. But both can be elusive.

This week I would like to invite you to consider what God says about peace. Reflect on it from three perspectives: peace with God, peace with myself, and peace with others. God most certainly has something to say about this and we would, as always, benefit from listening to Him.

Peace with God should be easy; after all, God loves us! If that’s true (and it is) how could we not be at peace with God?

As His children by baptism, we have the peace with God that Paul describes in Romans 5:1. But it was not always that way. Prior to God’s gracious gift of faith, our sinful nature put us in the position of being an enemy of God. The apostle James makes that clear when he writes, “Whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.” James 4:4b

While we live in a world and a time where peace is challenged, we know that nothing can take away the peace that we have with God. Today we pause and thank God that He has done what is necessary for us to no longer be His enemy, but rather His beloved. Typically, peace is the result of two parties agreeing not to harm one another, to live cooperatively. In the best of cases, peace brings with it mutual support and a beneficial relationship that grows over time. Each party brings something to the table that strengthens the relationship and makes peace desirable by both.

But what do we have to bring to God? What can we offer that would cause Him to desire peace with us? Nothing, not a thing. God gives us His peace out of pure love through the sacrifice of His Son Jesus. Consider the words of Paul later in Romans 5, “For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!” Romans 5:10

The peace that we now have with God opens the door for peace with ourselves and others.

Father, thank you for the peace that I have with You through the life, death, and resurrection of my Savior Jesus. Your love for me is beyond my understanding but that makes me all the more grateful. Even in times of trouble, may the peace that I have with You always bring me great comfort for my soul and all that I need to face the day. In Jesus precious name I pray, amen.

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