Words from the Heart for Saturday July 18th, 2020
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Romans 5:1 (NIV)
Peace with God
A new global survey has placed Canada among the top 10 most peaceful countries in the world. The Global Peace Index compares 163 independent states and territories according to their levels of peacefulness. Up two positions from its 2017 ranking, Canada is ranked in an envious position at 6th overall. The worst it has ever been was 14th in 2010 and the best was fourth in 2012. The top five countries on the 2018 list are Iceland, followed by New Zealand, Austria, Portugal, and Denmark.
There is a series on Investigation Discovery Channel called “Fear Thy Neighbour.” Every episode tells the story of neighbours who start out as friends, or at least contented acquaintances. By the end of the show, the relationship has deteriorated to the point that somebody ends up dead. I long for the day when they will run out of material, but that isn’t possible until Jesus comes again. In the meantime, people are looking for peace, with others and most importantly with their Creator God. From where does that seemingly illusive peace come? Paul answers that question in Romans 5:1, “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Ultimately, we lack peace in our heart because we don’t have peace with God. Sin has destroyed that peace. Only as we repent of our sin and trust Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord is peace with our Creator restored. God can and will forgive us because of Jesus’ death on the cross, and the moment He lifts our sin and guilt from us, peace floods our souls. And when it does, we want others to experience His peace as well.
These have been words from the heart.