Romans 5:1-2 Verse of the Day 1/26/15
When bad things happen, how do you respond? How long does it take you to remember that God is still in control? Here Paul reminds us that our salvation means peace with God and access to eternal hope. Why should our salvation give us hope?
We can understand this hope better if we remember that this verse is taken from the “hinge” of the book of Romans. Paul opens the letter by explaining how we can only be saved by God’s grace and not by works. Here he changes gears and starts to talk about how we are to grow in grace. The gifts of peace and hope are two of the primary benefits of salvation. These are gifts that cannot be lost. Paul calls us to remember that we have these gifts so that we will not lose hope when we suffer.
How do you respond to suffering? Spend some time in prayer, thanking God for his promise to save us and take away all suffering forever. As you think about this hope, ask God to help you to trust Him more because of it.