February 21, 2012 by eric echols
Romans 5:1, “Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us.“
Our faith produces two things in us:
- It makes us right with God
- It gives us peace with God
God credits us with righteousness when we believe in Him who raised Christ from the dead. We have access to Him and we are at peace with Him. We are no longer His enemies because of our sin…we are forgiven and made right in our relationship with God.
Many people wish to live at peace with the universe. Yet, ultimately peace comes through a relationship with Jesus Christ. Only when we place our faith in Him are we relationally at peace with God.
Knowing that we are at peace with God through Jesus Christ gives us hope. It’s what sustains us and is our source of abundant life.
The question we all have to ask is this…am I experiencing peace with God? Some of us are robbed of our peace because of humanity. Anxiety, depression, fear, sin – all rob us of peace. Some of us are robbed of our peace because of our theology. We are holding onto a theology of condemnation and worry. We believe one false move and God is coming after us. This belief system makes it impossible for us to live at peace with God.
Jesus Christ died and rose again so we can experience peace with God. In order for us to realize this we often have to deconstruct much of our belief system. If you grew up in a church that preached condemnation over grace, wrath over love, worry over peace – this may be a difficult process.
What you need to know is that you are free in Christ. Free to experience the peace of God. Free to live a life of love and grace. Knowing that Christ died for the ungodly sets us free and brings us hope. Knowing that the result of Jesus’ act of righteousness brings life, grace, and love to all who believe allows us to live at peace with God.
So, are you experiencing this kind of peace in your life?