Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
These are amazing statements, a lot of truths contained within a few verses!
We are justified by faith – God makes that decision, because we believe in Jesus Christ.
We have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ – no need to worry about judgment, because Jesus wipes the slate clean and we are forgiven.
We have gained access by faith into this grace in which we stand – As we believe, so this grace, this forgiveness, is extended to us through Jesus.
We boast in the hope of the glory of God – One day God’s majesty, God’s glory will be seen. Until then, we rejoice in the hope that God’s plan will be made evident, so all may give God praise.
We also glory in our sufferings… – To give glory to God for suffering implies that we trust God’s greater purpose, to mold and mature us in character, to make us fit for heaven.
Hope does not put us to shame – Our hope is not misplaced. There is solid truth supporting our hope.
God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit – The Holy Spirit connects us with God, so that we may perceive and receive God’s love. It’s God’s funnel, channeling God’s love into our lives.
As we contemplate the truth of God’s love, may we rejoice in God’s peace and hope given us, along with life’s challenges that mold us and make us into persons of perseverance, character and hope.
Gracious God, you walk with us through all the highs and lows of human life. You offer us resources that enable us not only to cope with the challenges, but to grow through them. Help us trust in you despite whatever comes our way this day. For this we ask in Christ’s name. Amen.