Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 5:1
A couple of modern cultural maxims reflect an important biblical principle: “It takes one to know one” and “You can’t give what you don’t have.” In other words, personal experience and possessions dictate what we can attempt to pass on to others. And that is especially true when it comes to being a peacemaker in this world. Since having peace in this world depends first on having peace with God, that’s where we must start. Once we have peace with God, we can be at peace with others—and share peace with them.
The New Testament is abundantly clear that our own peace with God comes through our justification by faith, which results in our reconciliation with God. Once reconciled to God, the peace we enjoy can be shared with others. In fact, another way to describe our role as peacemakers is as ministers of reconciliation—Paul’s description of those who have been reconciled to Christ (2 Corinthians 5:18).
Do you have peace with God today? It comes through faith in Christ. Once we have peace, we can be peacemakers in this world.
Few things more adorn and beautify a Christian profession than exercising and manifesting the spirit of peace. A. W. Pink
The Divine Guarantee of an Eternal Salvation, Part 1 (Romans 5:1–2)
Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble? Job 2:10
Tiffani awoke in the pitch-black darkness of an Air Canada jet. Still wearing her seat belt, she’d slept while the other passengers exited and the plane was parked. Why didn’t anyone wake her? How did she get here? She shook the cobwebs from her brain and tried to remember.
Have you found yourself in a place you never expected? You’re too young to have this disease, and there’s no cure. Your last review was excellent; why is your position being eliminated? You were enjoying the best years of your marriage. Now you’re starting over, as a single parent with a part-time job.
How did I get here? Job may have wondered as “he sat among the ashes” (Job 2:8). He’d lost his children, his wealth, and his health, in no time flat. He couldn’t have guessed how he got here; he just knew he had to remember.
Job remembered his Creator and how good He’d been. He told his wife, “Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?” (v. 10). Job remembered he could count on this good God to be faithful. So he lamented. He screamed at the heavens. And he mourned in hope, “I know that my redeemer lives,” and that “in my flesh I will see God” (19:25–26). Job clung to hope as he remembered how the story began and how it ends.
Reflect & Pray
What situation fills you with agony and dread? How might you regain your bearings and live with hope and joy?
Father, You’re not surprised by what surprises me. You were good before, and You remain good now.
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Have you ever asked yourself, What is true success? The biblical answer is this: to become the person God created each of us to be and accomplish the work He has set for our life. Scripture tells us that this kind of achievement starts with our thinking (Prov. 23:7). We know this is true because of how the mind works, influencing our attitudes and actions toward both the Lord and others. The godliness of our mind determines, to a large degree, the godliness of our life.
Colossians 1:21 tells us that prior to our salvation, we were alienated and hostile in mind toward the things of God. So, the old way of thinking won’t help us become the person God envisioned. That is why Scripture calls for spiritual renewal of our thoughts and attitudes (Eph. 4:23) and helps us understand what should and shouldn’t be in our mind (Eph. 4:31-32).
To set our mind on the things of God, we must consistently choose to have the Lord’s viewpoint and reject conformity with the ways of the world (Rom. 12:2). When we fix our attention on the Lord’s character and will, we’ll begin to understand His perspective.
Success in the kingdom of God starts with renewed, godly thinking. What will you focus your thoughts on today?
“Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division.” (Luke 12:51)
From the very beginning, God has been a great divider. On the first day of creation, “God divided the light from the darkness”; on the second day, He “divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament” (Genesis 1:4, 7). When God first created humans, they walked together in sweet fellowship, but then sin came in and made a great division between humans and God. Nevertheless, “when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son” (Romans 5:10).
The price has been paid for full reconciliation with our Creator, but “men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil” (John 3:19), so Christ Himself is now the One who divides. “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him” (John 3:36).
Jesus Christ divides all history and all chronology. Things either happened “Before Christ” (BC) or “in the Year of our Lord” (AD). People are either under the Old Covenant or the New Covenant. Most of all, He divides humanity. “There was a division among the people because of him” (John 7:43; see also John 9:16; 10:19). These divisions because of Him can cut very deep. “The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother” (Luke 12:53).
Finally, when He comes to judge all nations, “he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:…And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal” (Matthew 25:32, 46). The division is life or death, light or darkness, heaven or hell, Christ or antichrist—and the choice is ours! HMM