Monday, August 5, 2013

Peace with God

Romans 5:1-2 Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

Peace is indeed an elusive commodity.  Peace in family relationships, peace in the work place, peace in organizations, peace in the community, peace in the country, and world peace seem to always be in a state of turmoil.  While it is possible to be at peace with not having peace, no human being can control or be assured of having peace with any other human being or with any human institution.  In our fallen world the lack of peace is such a part of human life that it is taken for granted and considered normal.  Police, lawyers, courts, laws, armies, counselors, rules, and divorce are just a few examples of things that are needed because of a lack of peace in human relationships.  Man’s sinful nature has produced a world where peace between humanity is not possible, and even worse; mankind is under the wrath of God for this rebellion.  

However, God has provided a way for human beings to have peace with Him.  Praise God that through Jesus Christ the only peace that people really need is available.  Peace with God is secured by his grace through faith in Jesus Christ.  Since the promises of God are solid and enduring, peace with God is assured through this faith.  Man’s peace may fail you, but the peace with God that comes through Jesus Christ is perfect and forever.  You can count on it and rest in it.

No matter what our circumstances may be in this worldly life, having peace with God is far more valuable than any peace we may have with temporary worldly relationships or institutions.  What a comfort it is to know that we have peace with God even if we do not have youth, wealth, health, or anything else of this world.  Even death itself is but a door that carries us into the beginning of the eternal life that comes through God’s amazing grace.  The older we get and the closer we get to passing through that glorious door that takes us to our heavenly home, the more praise we should have for God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit.  Joy and thanksgiving, rather than fear, are the proper responses to such a glorious salvation.  There will be peace in the valley for all that place their faith in our savior Jesus Christ.  Praise and thank God for this peace that is our present possession and will be made perfect on that great day when we have peace in the valley.

Peace In The Valley(By: Thomas A. Dorsey)

Well, I'm tired and so weary
But I must go along
Till the Lord comes and calls me away, oh yes

Where the morning's so bright
And the Lamb is the light
And the night is as bright as the day, oh yes

There will be peace in the valley for me some day
There will be peace in the valley for me, oh Lord, I pray
There'll be no sadness, no sorrow, no trouble I see
There will be peace in the valley for me!

There the flowers will be blooming
And the grass will be green
And the skies will be clear and serene, oh yes
The sun ever beams in this valley of dreams
And no cloud will ever be seen, oh yes!

Well the bear will be gentle
And the wolves will be tame
And the lion shall lay down by the lamb, oh yes
And the beasts from the wild shall be led by a child
And I'll be changed from this creature that I am, oh yes!


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