Today’s Reading: Romans 5:1-8
“Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
– Romans 5:1-8
Peace is a rare commodity. We would rather fight and insist on our own ways than live in peace. And so our human history is full of hatred and war. But our first war has not been with other nations. Our first war has been with the Lord God. We were born with hatred in our hearts toward the Lord. At birth, we did not fear, love, nor trust in Him. We truly are sinners.
But St. Paul says we do have peace with God. The Lord is at peace with you! Why? Was it something that you did? Was it because you placed an extra twenty in the offering plate? Was it because you volunteered some of your time to benefit the less fortunate? NO! St. Paul says, “Since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God.” The Lord has made peace with you. The Lord has done that by putting Jesus to death on the cross for all of your sins. The Lord has declared you “not guilty” of all sin for the sake of Jesus. The Lord has brought you to faith in Jesus through your pastor’s preaching of God’s Word and your baptism. By faith in Jesus, you have peace with God. Go in peace. Amen.
Prayer: Since Christ has full atonement made And brought to us salvation, Each Christian therefore may be glad And build on this foundation. Your grace alone, dear Lord, I plead, Your death is now by
life indeed, For you have paid my ransom. (Salvation unto us has Come, LSB 555:6).
This devotion was written by Pr. Gary Sears – Pastor of Trinity Lutheran in Conroy.