Romans 5 : You are worth dying for
Vs 1- 5: – Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
Reflections : – One of my favorite verses is Isaiah 25 vs 3 “You will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You because he trusts in You”. Again we see two abstract words – justification and faith, yet they are the tools used for our peace. In a world filled with so much chaos, it’s extremely difficult to experience peace but we are reminded it’s really not about what happens on the outside rather on the inside. The faith we have in Christ Jesus justifies us, it makes us right, and goes further to say we now have access into grace which is Christ Personified. And we don’t come with our shoulders bowed down, NO we come standing with boldness cos’ when we come before our Father He sees us through His Son Jesus Christ. Something many Christians hate to hear – tribulations, but it’s a domino effect and our character is built. Truth is when we hear tribulation, perseverance etc our minds go to the martyrdom but you don’t have to look too far, if you take a stand for Jesus Christ in this world you’ll experience some form of it in varied degrees, it could be as little as holding yourself back from lashing out on someone, giving up your right to be right all in the bid to gain the person, saying no to that mouth-watery deal even when you’re down to nothing in your account etc. You see, all these things culminate in molding our character. I had a conversation with a friend who was of the opinion that in the economic instability plaguing the world there’s a need to cut corners giving an example of someone he had seen who was in the civil service and on his retirement had nothing to “show”. I remember saying to him a good name is better than riches. Beyond the names we bear on earth, the surname we give out when we say we are Christians is Christ the Anointed One and it’s a whole lot better than riches besides the earth is His and all that is in it. We have a name to protect, let us do it with pride and do not let the world make you think for a second you are losing if you don’t follow the world’s system.
Vs 6 – 10 :- For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.
Reflections : – A comparison is drawn in vs 6 and 8 “For while we were without strength… and while we were still sinners Christ died for us. Christ came for the weak, don’t let anyone deceive you or give you erroneous teaching that you have to be strong and cleaned up before God can see or work through you. Oh!!! How He loves the very down and out or why would He choose Moses, David, Peter or even Paul. These men didn’t have an impressive resume but God worked wonders through them, even the Bible confirms it in 1 Corint. 1 vs 27b “… and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty” and Paul says in 2 Corin.12 vs 9b “God’s strength is made perfect in our weakness“. Ponder over this. How often have we sang “I’ll catch a grenade for you” or “I’ll do anything for you”. All of these lyrics are usually sung for someone very endearing to us but when push comes to shove we realize words are fickle and are inspired by our emotions. It’s very rare to see someone put their life on the line for a loved one to live. But Paul goes further to say Christ didn’t just die for good people rather bad, evil, murderers, back-stabbers, jealous (insert yours) people. He sums it up by saying if reconciliation to God happened through Christ’ death, His resurrected life saves us and gives us a brand new life. You are deeply loved by God. You’re worth dying for regardless of your past or what you’re currently doing.
Loads of Love