Wednesday Morning: 20 Mar 2019 – Romans 5:1-11 ~ Cause for rejoicing!

Wednesday Morning

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Opening (Collect for Purity)

Almighty God: to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid; cleanse the thoughts of my heart through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, that I may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name, through Christ my Lord. Amen.
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Morning Reading – Romans 5:1-11 (NLT)

Faith Brings Joy

Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory.

We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.

When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners. Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good. But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. And since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from God’s condemnation. For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son. So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God.
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Morning Reflection:

We live in a world of trouble – it’s all around us; we can’t escape it. Sometimes we are buffeted by hurt and hardship, and sometimes we are knocked down by pain and suffering. But through it all, we can rejoice. Paul explains why.

“Since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith,
we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us.”
– Romans 5:1

1. Our peace with God is cause for rejoicing – because it’s a done deal through faith in Jesus Christ. We have a new relationship with God; we are his friends.

  • God loves us and cares about us, whatever our difficulties we experience.
  • We have peace with God now, whether we feel it or not – it’s a spiritual truth.

“We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials….”
– Romans 5:3

2. Our peace with God is cause for rejoicing – because God can actually use our present difficulties to create in us a deeper longing for him and a deeper desire to experience him.

  • Our troubles develop endurance, the endurance of Christ.
  • Endurance develops strength of character, the character of Christ
  • Character strengthens our confident hope, the love of Christ.

Questions for consideration:

Do you have peace with God? If you are not sure, follow this link to – Begin Your Journey to Peace.

  • With trouble all around us, what sort has rubbed off on you? Please explain.
  • Does knowing that you are a friend of God help you? Please explain.
  • Does knowing that God is developing strength of character in you help? Please explain.
  • How do you express confident joy in your relationship with God? Please explain.

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Morning Prayer:

Heavenly Father: I live in a world of trouble; the good world you made has been corrupted by the compounded effects of ageless sin – and some of it has rubbed off on me. Thank you for judging me “not guilty” and making me your friend through faith in your Son, Jesus Christ. Thank you for loving me even in my troubles and struggles. Fill me with your Holy Spirit that I may experience confident joy, not in anything I do, but in the certain hope of eternity lived in your glorious presence. I ask this in Jesus’ name.
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“Peace Perfect Peace” – Praise And Harmony Singers

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Closing:

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you, wherever He may send you. May He guide you through the wilderness, and protect you through the storm. May He bring you home rejoicing at the wonders He has shown you. May He bring you home rejoicing once again into our doors.

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen



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