Romans 5:1 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3 And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance (endurance); 4 and perseverance, character (proven character); and character, hope. 5 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.
6 For when we were still without strength, in due time (at the right time) Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. 10 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. 11 And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation. (bold and italics added)
All lead to peace, and all stem from the grace we have received from God and Jesus Christ.
Grace is EVERYWHERE in the Bible and is the basis on which we receive anything and everything from God. The one instance I would like to illustrate today is in Psalm 23- which has been used to show the protection, comfort, and peace of God. Even when I was unsaved, I was familiar with this psalm…
The Lord the Shepherd of His People
A Psalm of David.
23 The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not want (lack).
2 He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
3 He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.
4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
For You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
My cup runs over.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life;
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord
The Hebrew word for mercy in verse six is chêsêd which is the Old Testament term for grace.
The Hebrew word for follow is râdaph which doesn’t mean lagging behind but means to run or follow after, to pursue.
Therefore, psalm 23 verse 6 encourages us that God’s love and grace- His chêsêd- is ever-present in our lives. God pursues us with His grace, He wants to show us mercy. Once we realize this and accept it based on faith, then hope, love, joy, and peace will certainly follow.
Chêsêd & Peace,