Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
Family: A Re-creation of Relationships
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we[a]have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ (1)
Romans 5 admonishes us to “Rejoice". But why? Who in this world can rejoice? Only a person who has been justified by faith in Jesus Christ, can rejoice, and only because of their believing in Christ. We rejoice because of this free gift we receive from our Father, through not because of our merits, but by His grace. This is obvious from the first words in Romans 5. Because of our renewed relationship to God, we can rejoice in our spiritual positions, we rejoice in our present circumstances and we rejoice in the Lord God. We can rejoice in our complete assurance of salvation. We have a new spiritual position before God. We have been justified by Faith.
The Bible makes it very clear that we have sinned against God. There is no denying that fact unless we are completely naive and self-deceived. Truly examining ourselves reveals that we have failed God at multiple times. The only remedy to this is downfall is true repentance, complete surrender and renewal of our faith. Faith is illustrated in the life of Abraham. Abraham entered a close relationship with God. This intimate love relationship with God was given as a gift. There was no merit involved. It was with faith alone; believing that God would do as He had promised. This close bond was attained by Abraham with God the Father.
Since we have been justified by faith, the first result is, as Paul says… we have peace with God. The great truth of Gospel is that at that very moment of our acceptance of Christ into our lives, all our sins are forgiven. Now we have peace with God - a peace that can never be taken away. God can give this peace and forgiveness only though our savior Lord Jesus Christ.
We can rejoice because we have continued access to His Grace, we can celebrate victory over adversity and we can enjoy the Lord’s care and love forever. When man is at peace with God, he can be at peace with himself, his family and others. This is the only way to bring lasting peace in our life, family and the community. Christ is our hope for today and tomorrow. Ask Jesus Christ to come into your life and give peace. Let Him become your peace today.
Prayer: Jesus Christ come into my life and give your heavenly peace to me and my family
Thought of the day: Peace with God is our refuge
M. C. Alexander, New Jersey M T C, Randolph, N J.