Romans 5:1-5 Voice; Since we have been acquitted and made right through faith, we are able to experience true and lasting peace with God through our Lord Jesus, the Anointed One, the Liberating King. Jesus leads us into a place of radical grace where we are able to celebrate the hope of experiencing God’s glory. And that’s not all. We also celebrate in seasons of suffering because we know that when we suffer we develop endurance, which shapes our characters. When our characters are refined, we learn what it means to hope and anticipate God’s goodness. And hope will never fail to satisfy our deepest need because the Holy Spirit that was given to us has flooded our hearts with God’s love.
What a refreshing passage this is to me. I think I’ve read it in 5 translations just to get a feel for what the author was expressing. I settled on this one simply because it spoke to me. The word, ‘acquitted’ was a resounding gavel on a judges desk as I was cleared of all charges, walked free from a guilty verdict and a death sentence. In exchange, I was given true and lasting peace with God through Jesus my Liberating King. But He didn’t stop there. No, He then brings me outside the courtroom into a place of radical grace or undeserved favor. It’s like trading a jail cell for a mansion, fully paid for and fully furnished. And as if that would be too much, He then fully furnishes it and staffs it with servants, chefs and gardeners.
All the things I’ve been through has made me who I am today. It’s shaped my life, my character, made me a better person, one who is thankful, grateful because the hand of the Lord was always on me even when I didn’t feel it or see it. I constantly anticipate what God has planned next. I feel like a kid on Christmas Eve inspecting the gifts under the tree only to find out that they all have my name on them. Although I know I can’t open them yet, I know that the Holy Spirit has gifts for me that I’ve not yet unwrapped but I know they’re there and I know I’ll get to unwrap them soon. He did it all because of love.
Let me close with verses 3-5 from the Message Bible; There’s more to come: We continue to shout our praise even when we’re hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, and how that patience in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert for whatever God will do next. In alert expectancy such as this, we’re never left feeling shortchanged. Quite the contrary—we can’t round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit!
Oh Father, I round up all the containers I have in the house in anticipation for the fullness of Your blessing. How extravagant You are. You lavish on me such gifts, so much love, mercy and that grace, wow. I’m in serious debt to You, yet even that You canceled out. You knew I could never pay for all of this so You stamped ‘PAID IN FULL’ on it all then tossed it in the incinerator to be obliterated forever. There is not enough time to tell You how grateful I am but suffice it to say this, I will forever remember and be in constant praise to Your name so that my life my cause others to do the same. It’s in Jesus’ name I pray. Amen