Read: Romans 5:1-11
Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. (v. 1)
How are you feeling today? Are you anxious, sad, struggling with sinful thoughts, or angry at someone? Or do you feel content, blessed, and loved? What is the inner state of your heart and mind?
One of the blessings that comes through faith in Jesus Christ is peace. Even in a world filled with violence and warfare, a busy home life, or a stressful time at work, we can have inner peace. Hear this from Scripture: “And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:7). Jesus, the Prince of Peace, said to his disciples: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid” (John 14:27). Before he went to the cross, Jesus declared, “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).
If you have been justified by faith, hold on to the peace you have with God through Jesus Christ. Amid troubled thoughts and a world that often lacks peace, give thanks for the hope and peace you have in Jesus! —Steve Petroelje
Prayer: Jesus, Prince of Peace, fill my heart today with peace that sustains me even in the uncertainty of this world. Amen.