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 the Holy Spirit works in our lives and we grow in sanctification, His work produces fruit that is evident to us and those around us. One of the fruits that will show itself in a maturing Christian is peace; peace with God, peace with others, peace with ourselves.
 
Certainly 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
 
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. We have peace with God. 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 others and with ourselves.
 
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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