Peace With God [Romans 5]
1Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God. 3And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance;4and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; 5and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. 6For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.
A few times in my life I have been at the top of a snowy mountain in the cool crisp air overlooking the many the craggy mountains sloping down into valleys. The sky was always bluest blue and it was exhilarating. That's how I felt this morning when I read Romans 5 over and over asking God to enable me to soak in the beauty of His plan to save me. God's solution for my sin put my soul on a spiritual mountain top and the view from there is greater than any I have actually seen with my physical eyes. We have an amazing God who loved us right where we were in the cesspool of our sin. And in His love, He got into the cesspool Himself to bring us out. Now we rejoice whether things seem to be going well or whether we are undergoing tribulation. Either way, our great salvation provides us with Jesus' grace, hope and love through it all.
We praise you God for your grace, for Jesus who gave His life for us, for the rejoicing we can do because of You no matter what is going on in our lives. Cause us to soak in the beauty of Your solution to our sin problem as we continue to read through Romans and teach us how to live in the light of what You have done for us.