Reading: Romans 5: 1-2
Our faith brings peace with God, a status of being justified, and an outpouring of His grace. Once we have accepted Jesus Christ as Lord of our life, we are made into a new creation within our new relationship with Him. Through the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, which we celebrated yesterday on Pentecost, we are forever changed.
Instead of living with the fears and worries of the world, we now walk in God’s peace. We walk here because we know that as a new creation we are a child of God. We are now in His hands. Our hope rests secure.
The Spirit of God works in us to justify us or to make us right before God. Through the act of taking on all of our sins on the cross, Jesus paid the price for those sins. Justice has been administered so we do not need to live under the weight of our sins. Because of His blood that was shed, our sins are atoned for. All we need to do to be justified before God is to repent and to confess our sins. Then we again can walk in His ways. We bear no punishment; the price has been paid. Therefore, once we seek His forgiveness, we are again justified before God.
Through faith in Christ we go one step further: mercy. Forgiveness says our sins are not held against us. Mercy says they are forgotten. This is a big step. As humans we tend to forgive but not to forget. But not so with God. There is no giant Rolodex of our sins in heaven. Once we repent and confess our sins to God, His mercy kicks in and for God our sins are no more. This demonstrates the depth of His love for each of us. Nothing we can do lessens His love for us. For the peace He brings, for the justified relationship He offers, and for the mercy that makes us pure as new fallen snow, we simply say thanks be to God.