Peace and Joy
March 24, 2011 § Leave a comment
Romans 5:1-11 is the entire gospel in a nutshell. The good news is that God is Love. Paul writes that God loves us so much that, even though we are weak (5:6), and even though we are sinners (5:8), and even though we are enemies of God, and each other, God sent God’s son to reconcile us with Him and each other. We have a faithful God who was and is willing to go to any length to save us from the destruction we brought over ourselves. However, God’s salvation is not only something that God has done for us in Christ. God made sure that we are fully involved in that salvation, “because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us” (5:5). Our salvation has been achieved outside of us (in Christ) but became fully embodied in our lives (through the Spirit). Therefore, Paul says, we have peace with God and find joy in the hope we have through Christ (5:1-2). The fruit of the Spirit is the blessing of God’s free gift of salvation that became a full part of our lives. You and I again have the opportunity to spend another joyful day rooted in the peace and hope we have in God.