Memorise Romans 5:10
“Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:”
Is there anybody in your life whom you regard as an enemy? In my teenage years, I recall having some people in my life that I really did not like. Looking back, it all seems so childish and petty, but those feelings of intense dislike were very real at that time.
But what are these, compared to how God regarded us when we were still unsaved? Today’s reading tells us that, before we were saved, we were enemies of God! It may seem like such a strong word, but it perfectly describes the relationship that used to exist between God and us. On God’s part, His holy and just nature gives Him a hatred for sin, such that all sinners are His enemies. Can you imagine that? To have the Almighty God, creator of the whole universe, regard us as His enemy? What a terrifying position to be in! And on our part, we had no love for God at all. We hated His laws, broke His commandments and lived according to our own lusts and desires. Ephesians 2:2-3 describes us as “children of wrath” and “children of disobedience” who “walked according to the course of this world”.
Praise the Lord, that we can be reconciled to Him “by the death of his Son”! Through Christ’s death on Calvary’s cross, we are justified, such that we are no longer alienated from God. We are brought into a relationship, friendship and love with God, and we now enjoy blessed harmony and unity with Him. The peace that we can now have with God is a perfect union that is not based on our good works or our love for Him, but it is through what our Lord Jesus Christ has done. He, as our perfect mediator, has bridged the great gulf that once existed between us and God, and reconciled us unto Him.
Dear teen, have you experienced the blessedness of this relationship? Have you been reconciled to God? Or are you still His enemy, alienated from Him and living a life of disobedience and rebellion? And if you have been reconciled to Him, 2 Corinthians 5:19 says that God has now “committed unto us the word of reconciliation”, which means that we are to make known to others this message of how they can be reconciled to God. This includes even those whom you regard as your ‘enemies’, for what wrong can they have done to you that is greater than the wrongs that you did against God in the past?
Thought: Nobody can have wronged me more than I have wronged God.
Prayer: Lord, help me to be a peacemaker.