Now it was not written for his sake alone that it was imputed to him, but also for us. It shall be imputed to us who believe in Him who raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead, who was delivered up because of our offenses, and was raised because of our justification. Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. (Romans 4:23-5:5)
It’s A Wonderful Life
When God sent His Son as a sacrifice for the redemption of man, He gave His children a promise of peace that is beyond understanding. The resurrection of Jesus from the dead is the assurance of our faith that He is the Son of God. Grace is found in the gift of the Father and the hope of eternal life. Jesus took away the darkness of sin giving light to the world to see His Father finding salvation through His blood. The price paid by the Father and the Son paved the way for all those who are willing to bear the cross in following Christ. The free gift offered to man comes with a price tag. Glory is found in tribulation. Serving God is a life filled with His grace and peace but measured by growth of character leading to hope.
Paul declared to Timothy that living a godly life will bring persecution. This appeal is not to discourage but to urge children of God to face tribulation with the peace found in Christ. Overcoming the trials of life will produce the spirit of resolution. Jesus faced the cross with the unyielding faith to accomplish His Father’s will. The cross is a testimony of where character comes from. Molded by the fires of suffering the Lord left an example of endurance that produces hope. In the garden Jesus prayed for His cup to be removed. He accepted the will of the Father because He longed for the hope of the resurrection day. Learning obedience in the crucifix of suffering Jesus rose to victory.
The life of a Christian is a medley of flavors that will bring many things to rejoice about and many things to be challenged by. We follow the steps of Jesus. Our faith is rooted in the knowledge that the trials we face in life are leading somewhere. The grace of God surrounds us with peace so that we can rejoice in the hope of our resurrection day. We all gain that access by going through the cross. It requires a spirit of endurance to persevere and overcome. Do not let the trials of this life take away the glory of eternal life. Our hope does not disappoint. The love of God is poured out in our hearts to live full lives of victory in Christ. Victory is given to us because of Jesus Christ. How blessed we are to be filled with the Holy Spirit.
We are justified. We live by faith. We have peace. We rejoice in hope. We face tribulation with courage. We persevere. We are people of character. We are guided by hope. We are God filled people. Thank you God for your incredible gift.
This is a direct act of hope to look through the cloud and look for a beam of the light from God. (Jeremy Taylor, Holy Living, 1650)