Peace with God. That is what our faith in Christ has given us. We were born God’s enemies, rebels against Him because of our disobedience to His commands. But then we laid down our weapons and surrendered ourselves to Jesus as Lord. By trusting in His death and resurrection on our behalf, our sin debt was cleared and the conflict between us and God resolved. His just wrath against us was satisfied by the Savior’s blood. Now we have peace forever with our Creator (Romans 5:1).
This means that we also have access to God’s ongoing grace and hope in our lives (Romans 5:2). God’s love now lives in us by the power of the Holy Spirit (Romans 5:5). We can endure every trial because God is with us and on our side. He is working to use the hardships and struggles of our daily lives to shape us into His image. The tribulations teach us to persevere or endure (Romans 5:3). Over time, this process of learning to respond to difficulties with faith and godliness builds the character of Christ into our souls (Romans 5:3). We learn to set our hopes in God instead of the comforts of this world. That type of hope will never let us down because it is grounded in a God who is eternally and perfectly good, wise, and powerful (Romans 5:5).
This world is filled with conflicts and trials. We will never enjoy perfect peace with our circumstances in this life. But to know that we have an unshakable peace with God can give us the strength to endure every challenge and sorrow. Peace with God gives us hope in God, a hope that will never disappoint us. Those are the blessings of this grace in which we stand as Christians.
The Text (Romans 5:1-5)
1 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3 And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; 4 and perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
Questions to Think About
- Did you experience a sense of God’s peace after accepting Jesus as your Savior? Explain.
- Why is it important for Christians to understand that God is no longer their enemy?
- Can you think of some trials that built perseverance and character into your life? How did that work?
- What other places do people look for hope besides God? Why are those other sources of hope doomed to fail?