Peace and Hope are ours in Jesus Christ!
5 Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
6 You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7 Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
There is a lot of good stuff in these verses. When Paul wrote these words 2,000 years ago, the people of the time were transitioning into one of the greatest times of all – the Age of Grace. They had been under the dominion of the law prior to Jesus dying on the cross. After He died on the cross, all who believed passed into Grace with Him.
The definition of grace is “the free and unmerited favor of God.“
Grace is free. It is ours. All we have to do is reach out and grab it through our belief in Jesus Christ. When we do, we are brought into eternal salvation with Him. We are given hope, faith and peace. Did you catch that? We HAVE (present tense) peace with God through Jesus Christ.
We often pray for peace but it is already ours!
If it is already ours, how come we don’t always feel peace about something? There are a couple of answers to this question. The first is that whatever you do not have peace about is not good for you. God may be convicting your inner spirit to step away from something. We will have an unsettled feeling about something if it is not from God. Listen to this inner voice. Often this is how God will speak to us and warn us away from something.
Another reason is we’ve never learned to be still and distinguish the voice of the Holy Spirit. We are given the Holy Spirit the minute we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. He resides within us. He will be our Guide and protect us from all harm. However, we need to learn to hear His voice. We need to learn how to quiet our hearts and minds to give Him center stage.
God will give us peace no matter our circumstances.
I want to share a personal testimony of peace in my life. Both of my parents are gone. I lost my dad first in 2009 when I was early in my Christian walk and I was not hearing the Holy Spirit within me. I had 2 anxiety attacks while he was dying in the hospital. I was not in control of myself and I certainly did not have an inner peace about his illness or his death.
Fast forward 6 years to 2015 when my mom died suddenly. When she passed I had a peace about her death that was indescribable. I credit the Holy Spirit within me for getting me through that dark time in my life. I’m not taking any of the credit. It was solely God.
This is what He wants for each of us. Peace beyond all understanding.
And this is just verse 1 in this 5th chapter of Romans! Reading on Paul shows us that our lives here on earth will not be without suffering. While in the flesh we cannot escape the brokenness all around us. But we can go through the suffering with peace knowing that there is always hope in the glory of God. Remember yesterday we defined hope as “expectation.” So there is always expectation that God will be with us and that He will do what He says He will do.
Amazing things happen when we do go through the trials of this life. Our sufferings produce wonderful qualities making us more and more like Jesus. Perseverance, character, and hope. Paul lines them up in verse 3 like dominoes. Suffering produces perseverance which produces character which produces hope. Do you see how he connects them all together?
God’s ways are truly so much higher than our ways.
Without God in our lives, what happens when we go through suffering and trials? More times than not, we often make our suffering that much worse by not handling things correctly. Like my 2 anxiety attacks when my dad was dying. I snapped at my family and loved ones and was not very pleasant to be around. When my mom passed, even though I didn’t see it at the time, I can look back now and see that I was developing perseverance, character and hope.
HIS WAYS ARE SO MUCH HIGHER THAN OUR WAYS.
I keep saying this because it is impressed upon my heart – and I’m thankful for this truth!! Verse 5 is probably in my top ten verses in the whole Bible. “And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.”
We have His Love in our hearts!!
God’s timing is perfect. At the right time, Christ died for us! Soak in His great love for us today.
Stay in the Love and the Light Always,