Have you ever felt weighed down by conflict in a relationship? When we can’t resolve our difficulties and there’s not peace between us, it causes pain. Maybe you keep trying to reconcile, or maybe you just walk away and try to put it out of your mind. But without real peace, the pain lingers.
What about our relationship with God? If we believe what the Bible says, there’s a big problem in our relationship with God, and that problem is our sin (Romans 3:23). Because God is holy and righteous, the stain of our sin has broken our relationship with our Creator beyond what we can repair.
That’s where the good news of the Gospel comes in. God sent His Son to do everything required to reconcile us to God.
“Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Romans 5:1)
Because of Christ, we have peace with God. We are reconciled to our Heavenly Father and Righteous Judge, the Lord God Almighty. We are declared righteous by God because of the righteousness given to us by Christ. We receive this declaration of righteousness by faith – not by trying on our own to repair this broken relationship.
As a result, we can have confidence in our relationship with God. We broke it, and we couldn’t fix it, but Jesus reconciled us perfectly and permanently. We don’t have to be weighed down by guilt and shame. We have peace with God.
Because we have peace with God, we also pursue peace with others. We can’t control how others respond, but we can extend to others the same mercy Christ extended to us. And when reconciliation with others isn’t possible, we can find our hope in the one relationship that will always be characterized by perfect peace.
No matter what you face this week, you have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.Share