Our scripture this morning is ‭‭Romans‬ ‭5‬:‭1‬-‭5.

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.

The dictionary definition of faith is “complete trust or confidence in someone or something; strong belief in God or in the doctrines of a religion, based on spiritual apprehension rather than proof”. Faith is believing the promise we have received even when we don’t see what is to come. Paul tells us that through faith and Christ’s sacrifice we are “made right in God’s sight” (v.1).

This means that our relationship with Him has been restored to the creation state, the connection we had with God from the beginning. He loves us enough to continue reaching out to us, even in our sinful state. When we accept His offer of salvation in faith and obedience, we are made new again.

God has a plan for every one of us and no one is excluded. It is our choice to continue in the ways of the world, separating ourselves from His love, or to repent and return to Him. He has a place reserved for each of us and all are welcome.

Gracious God, we are thankful for the saving gift of Jesus and the everlasting life You promise for those who follow in faith. Help us to share the blessing we have received with all the world. Amen.

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