Day 6: We can have peace with God. 
Scripture: Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ… Romans 5:1 ESV
The worst feeling I held as a child was knowing that one of my friends was mad at me. It was the same old story every other day. Jenna liked me today but wouldn’t want to play with me at recess tomorrow when she stopped liking me.
“What did I do this time?” I would wonder.
My stomach in knots (when she was mad at me), I would hurry to the playground at recess to ask her about things. My little girl’s heart fragile and fretting, wondering if we could be friends again. I remember being willing to do whatever she wanted just so we could be friends. It was a childish attempt at reconciliation. Not a healthy way to handle our chronically unhealthy relationship. After all, our reconciliation only ever managed to last about 24 hours at a time.
But adults are different (or at least we’d like to hope.) Some adults seem completely unaffected by relational strain. Too often grown-ups are practically professionals at ignoring, ghosting, and being indifferent to their broken relationships. They can even be apathetic to mend them. But while it is one thing to have a squabble with a playground friend, it’s another when it’s your Maker.
You see, much of the adult world tends to go day after day with the fury of God mounting toward them. Most are very unaware of this. However, there are a few who have a general understanding of Biblical concepts yet still try to avoid dealing with this issue. If only they understood the seriousness of their sin, their stomach would be in knots too.
There’s no, “What did I do this time?” when we are talking about our strained relationship with God. We are sinners. He is holy. The issue at hand is that our sin does not mix at all with His holiness.
Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned—romans 5:1
People seem to have no problem doing as they please. Would you agree? They engage in all manners of sin and are clueless that they’ve earned eternal death under the wrath of God for it. To them, sex is no big deal. Lying—hey, everyone does it. Each of their vices albeit food, money, drugs, or alcohol pacifies them into an addictive sin-begetting loop. Restless to satisfy the inner appetence they feel, people will try anything to pacify what isn’t being satisfied internally.
Because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator.romans 1:25
Sin promises much, but always leaves us unsatisfied eventually. Everyone has experienced this. Emptiness veiled in the allure for another or for more. Usually, people find comfort in the thought that they aren’t as bad as the next person when they give in to sin. But this kind of comfort never lasts very long.
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,romans 3:23
Fire and brimstone are not my intention, here. Salvation is more than escaping hell. So much more.
What people don’t realize is that the wrath of God is far worse than they can fathom. But so is the goodness of God. God sent Jesus to die on the cross, satisfying God’s wrath that we earned as sinners. Jesus made a way for our sins to be forgiven and to be covered with his own perfect, sinless, righteousness.
For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.2 CorinthIANS 5:21
No one’s lunch money is required here. The salvation Jesus offers us is freely given. Let’s not take this for granted. How many people do you know who are volunteering to go to death in your place?
Jesus is extraordinary! The very essence of Jesus’ nature is the purest good we will ever know. However, our nature is sinful. We are hard-wired to be self-serving and rebellious. They call this Original Sin. And God’s Word says that because of this, we deserve death. We can do nothing to change this nature we have inherited. But incredibly Jesus offers us redemption from this sinful nature by exchanging ours for his.
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.romans 6;23
There is no greater expression of grace than what Jesus did on the cross. As deity, he humbled himself and became lowly for our benefit. No one in their right mind trades places with someone on death row. They might for a drowning child, but not for someone who has committed murder or rape.
But Jesus would. In fact, he did.
But God proves His love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.Romans 5:8
But so often people don’t see the good in what he did. Sadly, people even toss his name around so casually they often swear and curse by it. They completely miss the significance of what he did. They don’t understand how holy he is and what it cost him to express his goodness, mercy, and love toward us.
He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.1 Peter 2:24
But when we do realize the worth of what he did and the worth of who he is, we begin to see ourselves without the layers of excuses and justifications for our sins that we’ve so diligently held on to. We see the real essence of our own nature. We see our selfishness. We finally recognize our pride. We begin to understand that the very best we’ve ever had to offer amounts to nothing in comparison to what Jesus gave.
Each of us has become like something unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment;Isaiah 64:6
And with the blinders removed from our eyes, we realize that we need him. We really need Jesus. We can’t take what he did lightly or casually anymore. It’s life and death serious to us. We understand that in him we can be forgiven and changed. That in him we can be washed and our record of wrong cleared. We can finally be at peace in our souls.
Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,Romans 5:1
How did Jesus do this?
… by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross.colossians 2:14
In Christ, we don’t have to stay stuck in our addictive sinful cycles. We don’t have to stay bound to the approval of the world and all its “Jenna’s.” We can stop searching for things that never really quell the inner storm. Because any other offer of peace is counterfeit to the peace we can have through Jesus Christ. For this, I am most thankful.
And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him,colossians 1:21
Can you see it? This is real peace. Christ established it. Once dead in our sins, now washed, and made new because of Jesus Christ. The penalty of eternal death by the wrath of God is now pardoned. Instead, we now have the promise of experiencing God’s grace for all eternity.
Not to mention, we aren’t on our own anymore. We don’t have to rely on the things of this world or even ourselves when we have troubles. When we become anxious, we can “…cast [our] anxieties on Him because he cares for [us].” (1 Pet. 5:7) When we are tempted to sin, we know that, ”No temptation has overtaken [us] that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let [us] be tempted beyond [our] ability, but with the temptation, he will also provide the way of escape, that [we] may be able to endure it.” (1 Cor. 10:13)
Jesus’ blood on the cross covers every single area of our lives. He came to earth and put on flesh so that he could identify with us and we could trust that he knows what it is like to be human. Jesus is the perfect mediator between a sinful and weak humanity and a perfect, high, and holy God. We can now, “draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.” (Heb. 10:22)
But we must realize that the forgiveness of sin and salvation that Jesus provides go hand-in-hand with repentance. Christ didn’t die on the cross, giving up his precious life, so that we could continue to live our lives in sin mocking God and blaspheming his name.
When our hearts understand the gift we’ve been given, we don’t want to blemish Jesus’ name. Instead, we want to honor it. That is not to say we won’t sin from time to time. But we being empowered with the Holy Spirit who dwells within us, have a new nature that is not content to stay in sin. Our new nature welcomes conviction over sin and repentance.
What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?romans 6:1-2
Jesus, himself said that you would know a tree by its fruit. “For no good tree bears bad fruit, nor again does a bad tree bear good fruit, for each tree is known by its own fruit.” (Luke 6:43-44) Either he has taken up residence as Savior of our souls and Lord of our lives or not.
One of the main fruits confirming a true child of God is that they obey God. Jesus told his disciples, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” (John 14:15) The Word of God shines light on the sinful areas of our lives. When we see the sin, our new nature beckons us to cast it off in repentance and to put on the righteousness of Christ in its place.
Remember, none of us is good, (Rom. 3:9). We all have a sinful nature. But as we recognize our sins, through Jesus we can be forgiven and have the power to repent because of His Holy Spirit who indwells us. And this is how we have peace with God.
Are you ready to lay all of your life down before God and in faith, receive forgiveness for your sins and a peace unlike any other?
Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.john 3:36
 “Thanksgiving Every Day.” Charles Stanley. In Touch Ministries, showtime, November 19, 2023, YouTube Video app.