Friday, October 12
Therefore, since we have been declared righteous by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
2 We have also obtained access through him by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. 3 And not only that, but we also rejoice in our afflictions, because we know that affliction produces endurance, 4 endurance produces proven character, and proven character produces hope. 5 This hope will not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
THOSE DECLARED RIGHTEOUS ARE RECONCILED
6 For while we were still helpless, at the right time, Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For rarely will someone die for a just person — though for a good person perhaps someone might even dare to die. 8 But God proves his own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 How much more then, since we have now been declared righteous by his blood, will we be saved through him from wrath. 10 For if, while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son, then how much more, having been reconciled, will we be saved by his life. 11 And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received this reconciliation.
“In the whole Bible, there is hardly another chapter which can equal this triumphant text.” - Martin Luther
Romans 5 shows us that it’s possible to live in victory and peace! Our hope is connected to the final and permanent nature of our Justification. His grace over us are never- ending and can’t be voided. Because of this, we have PEACE. There is no more room or need for anxious feAR that we will be dealt with according to our evil nature. We now live with the nature of Jesus, perfectly secure and perfectly pure.
This grace we now stand in means that we see struggles in our lives differently. Instead of seeing struggles as defeat we see them as opportunities to grow. We now have the strength of Christ to endure through all hardships. Relying on that strength to endure is one of the primary ways we mature in life. Don’t run from struggles and don’t shy away from difficult things. Those difficult things are often what God will use to grow you, and He’s given you everything you need to run towards those hard things!
What things in your life do you need to ask God for strength to see differently and endure through? God has a plan to grow you, mature you, and prepare you to serve Him better. Ask for His power and peace, it’s available to you in every circumstance!
Father, help me see the difficult things in my life as opportunities to trust you and lean into your power! Give me the boldness and bravery to run towards the difficult things, not away from them.
Pick Four More Activities
Listen and Worship.
Pray a Psalm.
Read a Book.
Retell the Gospel to Yourself.
Take Some Notes on Today's Devotional.
Pray for Yourself, Your Family, Your Church, and the Lost.
Memorize a Verse.
List Five Things You're Thankful For.