There is an incredible chance for each of us to be saved from God’s wrath!
Let’s soak that statement up a bit. We each have an opportunity to be free from God’s wrath so why in the world would we not jump on that opportunity? For if there is forgiveness for us than that is greater than any other possible outcome.
If there if forgiveness for us than that defines our faith and who we are. Let’s take hold of that forgiveness and live with it.
Let’s read last week’s Bible passage 1 more time.
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.
6 You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7 Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
9 Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! 10 For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! 11 Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation. Romans 5:1-11
How great is this Forgiveness?
This is hard for me to wrap my mind around. Why in the world would someone want to die for me…. A sinner, a person who fails and is messing up all the time. Why would a perfect God send his perfect son to come and die for a corrupt individual? Why would He be willing to sacrifice His everything for my nothing? Why would He be willing to befriend His enemy?
This kind of forgiveness doesn’t come from a human though, we are not that big and not that capable of giving the forgiveness that God offers. You see the source of this forgiveness comes from God the Father, the Creator of all that is. It is because of our faith in Christ that we are able to tap into that Forgiveness! He died for all but not all will accept His actions. Not all will accept His mercy. Not all will accept His grace. Not all will accept a chance to be forgiven.
How do we take hold of that Forgiveness?
I am so glad you asked that question. If you continue reading through Romans you will see how we all have sinned and we all have fallen short of God’s glory. We also see in Chapter 6 that when we are baptized in Christ Jesus we can die of our old self and raise up again as a new creature.
We too, have the ability to live a new life. If we can be united with Christ in His death than of course we can be united with Christ in His resurrection. Our old self is crucified, we no longer have to live a life a sin. We can choose to live a new life in Christ, accepting His forgiveness and making a choice daily to follow Him.
Read Romans 6:1-14
In these verses we can clearly see that the choice is ours. We can choose to let wickedness reign in our hearts or we can choose to let Christ reign in our hearts accepting the gift of grace and love that He wants to give us.
I have personalized this week’s verses I hope that you will do the same.
Since Laura has now been justified by His blood, how much more shall Laura be saved from God’s wrath through him! For if, when Laura was God’s enemy, Laura was reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall Laura be saved through his life! Not only is this so, but Laura also can rejoice in God through her Lord Jesus Christ, through whom she has now received reconciliation. Romans 5:9-11
I am going to accept forgiveness.
My battle within myself to not forgive myself for the past will end.
My battle within myself to not accept that I am love by God will end.
My battle within myself to not accept God’s Grace will end.
My battle has been won! I am reconciled through Christ!
I will rejoice in Him and live each day for God my Lord Jesus Christ!
I am not unforgivable. I don’t have to constantly run myself down because of my past failures. I am going to pick up the truth and accept Jesus forgiveness.
He died for me! He forgave me! He loves me! And He did it all for you as well!
I heard this on the Christian radio last week. I had to write it down because I didn’t want to forget it.
God’s love is as wide as the Galaxy and as deep as the Ocean.
I can’t even begin to fathom how wide and deep God’s love for me is, but I can start by accepting his forgiveness.
God has given me Victory and I cherish spending time in His word daily and Praying to Him daily because it is than that I see how Victorious I really am.
Hiding from God is not an option. It may seem that God asks at times for me to open up my vulnerable places to let Him in. I find that when I stop trying to cover my heart and instead open it up to Him that I am than flooded with His love and grace. I need Jesus. I need to feel His warm embrace. I need to feel accepted, love and forgiven and it starts with me being willing to be surrendered to Him.
Accepting God’s forgiveness is ours for the taking. Let Christ whisper to you today. Let Him hold your heart, and Yes forgiveness is yours for the taking.
Please spend some time with God this week and continue to read Romans chapter 5, Romans chapter 6 and Romans Chapter 7.
Answer these questions in your journal this week.
Have you accepted God’s forgiveness in every area of your life?
Who is this forgiveness meant for?
What does it mean to be dead to sin and Alive to Christ. What does that look like?
How complex do I make righteousness?
What is one practical way to be obedient to God this week?
When I personalize Romans 5:1-11 what leaps from the page and why.
Take a moment and write out a prayer. Here is mine.
Lord, I think I tend to be hard on myself and don’t allow room for your forgiveness in my life. You are the source of forgiveness and may my life be grounded in that truth.All that you ask of me is to be surrendered and obedient to you. Let me hear your whispers of truth in my life. Shake my faith Father and let me see what your forgiveness is truly about, let me live truly in your forgiveness and love everyday.