TODAY’S MEDITATION – You are now at peace with God, so why are you worried? (Romans 5:1-5)

Today’s passage tells us that we are now at peace WITH God, which is so different from any feeling of calmness and tranquility we sometimes feel. My brother, my sister, peace with God means that you have been reconciled with Him. There is no more hostility between you and Him, no sin can ever block your relationship with Him again. Yes, peace with God was freely offered to you when Jesus paid the price for your past, present and future sins through His death on the cross.

So, what does this peace implies for your Christian life? This can be difficult to understand sometimes, but the peace you received through the cross also introduced the two-sided reality of the Christian life. On the one hand, you are complete in Christ because accepting Him has guaranteed you with eternal life. On the other hand, you are growing in Christ to become more and more like Him. How is all that manifested in your daily life? It is simple: at one and the same time you have the status of a prince (child of God) and the duties of a slave (servant of God). And this is where many believers struggle because they would like to enjoy their princely status alone and refute the serving part of their status.

My friend, you enjoy both the peace that comes from being made right with God when in Christ, while at the same time you will still face daily problems that often help you grow. If you remember these two sides of the Christian life, it will be hard for you to become discouraged as you face temptations and problems. Instead, you will learn to depend on the power available to you from Christ, who lives in you by the Holy Spirit. May your faith in Jesus bring you His peace and joy for ever and ever! Stay blessed in Jesus’ name.