1Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we[b] rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. 3Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.
6You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. 8But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
9Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God's wrath through him! 10For if, when 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! 11Not only is this so, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.
- What does a Christian see if he looks back? If he looks ahead? If he looks around? Reconciliation. Looking back, we have been saved and reconciled to God (v10). Looking ahead, we will stand by God throughout eternity (v9). Looking around, we are being saved. Jesus is even now at work within me to give me the power to live a holy life. Our past, our present and our future are all transformed because of Him. And when we are reconciled with God, it paves the way for us to be reconciled with ourselves and with others.
- Thank God for this Reconciliation Gospel. Pray that God will help me to live always in reconciliation with God, with myself and with others.
Prayer & Journaling:
Stay with God for a little longer. Continue to converse with God and listen to what he wants to tell me. Then write down any thought and/or prayer in the 2011 “Spiritual Journal” book.