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The Love of God

Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, Romans 5:1 (NKJV)

One of the worst and greatest feelings is the feeling of conviction within our heart. I say “worst,” because it is a feeling we get from God when we have done something against His will. I say it is the “greatest,” because it is actually an indication of the Holy Spirit working within our lives, and it is a gift God gives us to turn us from our sinful actions and draw us back to Him.  Condemnation is the counterfeit of conviction and it is from Satan. Condemnation makes us feel guilty and it drives us further away from God—leading us to believe we are beyond being forgiven, or loved.

This is an important truth for us to know, because it will help us stay the path God has chosen for us, and it will keep us from succumbing to the temptation to believe the lies of Satan.  Satan would love for us to believe we need to earn God’s favor and/or love, but this is far from truth. God is love, and everything He does, and allows in our lives is out of love for us— even the hardships, trials, and His correction and punishment are a form of love (Prov. 3:12; Rom. 8:28-39; Heb. 12:6; Rev. 3:19).  

As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent. Revelation 3:19 (NKJV)

Satan knows if he can get us to believe that we need to work for our salvation, or for the love of God once we have been saved, we will always be battling anxiety, fear, worry, and doubt, because we will be striving to earn what we already possess, which is His true love. The benefit of truly understanding this true love is we should immediately have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ (Rom 5:1). We have been justified by God’s grace through faith, and our salvation is not of works, lest anyone boast (Eph. 2:8-9).  

Now, if I thought my salvation was based upon my works, then I will have peace about it on the days when I do well. But, on the days I falter — those days when I make poor choices — I would have a lack of peace with regards to God’s love for me, and possibly even my salvation, depending on what I may have done.  And this in itself could cause me to make even more bad choices. It could cause me to become depressed, dejected, or to even be hindered in my walk with God by losing hope. When this happens, we can find ourselves abandoning our daily fellowship with other Christians, and with God. 

I would like to clarify something with regards to our having God’s peace as Christian believers. We can have a lack of His peace when we have unconfessed and unrepented sin in our life. When this happens it is quite likely we will experience anxiety and possibly irritation. This is normal; because when we regard iniquity in our heart it leads to broken fellowship with God (Ps. 66:18; 1 John 1:6).  

If you find yourself lacking the Lord’s peace, then simply ask Him to reveal any sinful activities you may have in your life.  But if you find yourself doubting your own salvation because you aren’t living a so-called, “perfect life,” or doing enough good works to offset your mistakes, then you need to identify that this is an attack from the enemy.  God’s love and our salvation are a free gift, and we can never earn them.  

STUDY QUESTION: According to Romans 5:1, how are we justified or declared, “not guilty” by God?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Can you identify the times where you have had a lack of peace in your life due to your sinful actions?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Choose to seek the Lord when you find yourself lacking joy and peace, or when you are in conflict with others.  

PRAYER FOR TODAY: Father, thank You for the peace I have in You. Search my heart today and show me anything I need to confess to You, and repent of in my life. Help me to be reconciled unto those I have broken relationships with, and help me to surrender to Your will for my actions. In Jesus’ precious name, amen…


Be blessed, Pastor Scott


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