April 30, 2017
Romans 5: 1-11
Our Scripture today teaches us that we have peace with God, access to God, and hope in God as blessings of salvation. This Scripture also teaches us that there are other benefits that we have because of our relationship with Jesus Christ because of what was done for us on the Cross of Calvary.
1. Perspective (v 3-4)
Paul said we also rejoice in our sufferings. Remember to rejoice means to have a triumphant and certain confidence. We have confidence in the glory we will one day share in, but we also have confidence in the sufferings for God that we now bear. How can one rejoice in suffering? We know that our suffering will not destroy us but will instead develop us into people who will one day be able to enjoy the future. God has everything in control and therefore we have a different perspective on struggles. As one of my old friends use to say, “This too shall pass!” The scripture says that, “Suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.” In addition, our sufferings cannot be compared to the glory that is to come. (Romans 8: 18) Keep this in perspective.
What do you do when things don’t go your way?
Does it build your character or turn you in to a character?
Do you get mad, frustrated, and upset?
How should a Christian behave when things do not go as planned?
2. God’s Love (v 5-8)
The blessings that come through salvation are not all future tense. Salvation is present tense, which means the here and now of everyday life. Verse 5 says, “God has poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us.” The very love that was poured out on the cross is being poured in your life because of God’s plan and care for you. Every step of our lives as Christians, we are being filled and engulfed by the love of God. That is a powerful truth to ponder!
How has God revealed His love for you?
How do you experience this love in your life?
Should this blessing cause you to make time each day for intimacy with God?
How can we express our love for Him?
3. Assurance (v 9-10)
Salvation is a story in three acts. We have been saved, in the past, from the penalty of sin. We are being saved, in the present, from the power of sin. We will be saved, in the future, from the presence of sin. Our assurance that this is so does not come from something we have done. It only comes from what Christ has done. We are justified by His blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through Him. My assurance is based on the trustworthiness of a Holy God. A man’s best five minutes of good living on this earth could not get man into the glory of heaven. Only Jesus can grant that promise and give us His word of assurance. Remember we are saved by grace (a gift) through faith and not by our own works of righteousness. My assurance of salvation is in Jesus Christ.
What are you sure about in life?
Why do we often doubt God’s promises?
Can God be trusted to do what He says He will do?
This truth makes me love God more and more!
4. Reconciliation (v 11)
Through the Lord Jesus, we have now received reconciliation. Reconciliation is a beautiful word. If you have ever been estranged from a friend but then, in the process of time, been reunited with that friend, then you understand the meaning of the word “reconciliation.” Through reconciliation, we can enjoy the fellowship of God. We can come home again and be loved. What a blessing to be at home with God where everything is taken care of and His peace passes all understanding of man. What a wonderful way to live.
Do you praise God enough for making your life whole?
Do you thank Him daily for your forgiveness of sin?
Are you willing to let the Holy Spirit transform you into a forgiving person?
One should not start with the person you have a problem with, start with God and let Him guide you from there.