Week of October 14 - Day 2

Day 2 Read: Romans 5:1-3

Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance

Reflect: What two things did Paul say we can rejoice in because of God’s grace?

Consider: Every human being was created to be a walking billboard, a living display of the glory of God. Like a neon sign bereft of glowing gas, the human frame apart from God stands lifeless and unanimated, displaying nothing except the closed-for-business look of an abandoned storefront. Pieces of evidence can be found to indicate a former glory, but not enough to see it today. Therefore, Paul says, having been “justified,” resulting in peace with God, the hope that we have in manifesting the glory of God brings us joy! He will expand on this theme in even greater detail in chapter 8, verses 18–25.[1]

Respond: Which of Paul’s stated reasons for rejoicing is a tougher for you to experience? Why do you struggle with that one? Spend time today in prayer and ask God to help you realize His glory in all things or how to rejoice in your suffering.

[1] Kenneth Boa and William Kruidenier, Romans, vol. 6, Holman New Testament Commentary (Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 2000), 160.