Peace with God
As Christians, our most important relationship is with God.
Peace with God is important to us, and it is something all can
have. â€œTherefore, since we have been justified through
faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christâ
€� (Romans 5:1).
â€œYou see, at just the right time, when we were still
powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will
anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person
someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates
his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ
died for usâ€� (Romans 5:6-8).
â€œFor if, when we were Godâ€™s enemies, we were
reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much
more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his
life!â€� (Romans 5:10).
Reconciliation means to settle differences and restore
harmony. Our sin is a difference that separates and alienates
us from God, but Jesusâ€™ sacrifice heals the breach and
brings peace, recalling another carol we sing at Christmas:
Hark! the Herald Angels sing,
Glory to the new-born King,
Peace on earth and mercy mild,
God and sinner reconcilâ€™d.
Joyful all ye nations rise,
Join the triumph of the skies,
With the angelic host proclaim,
Christ is born in Bethlehem.
Chorus: Hark! the Herald Angels sing,
Glory to the new-born King.
Hail the Heaven-born Prince of Peace!
Hail the Sun of righteousness!
Light and life to all he brings,
Risen with healing in his wings.
Mild he lays his glory by,
Born that men no more may die,
Born to raise the sons of earth,
Born to give them second birth.
The reconciliation with God that Jesus brings gives us peace
with God and peace with ourselves. It frees us from sin and
guilt, frees us to love. And more broadly, it enables us to
reach out to others with the reconciliation we have in Christ.
â€œTherefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation, the
old has gone, the new has come. All this is from God, who
reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the
ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world
to himself in Christ, not counting menâ€™s sins against them.
And he has committed to us the message of reconciliationâ€�
(2 Corinthians 5:17-19).