The Grace of God-Romans 5:1-5

Romans 5:1-5 “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.”
Romani 5:1-5 “Giustificati dunque per fede, abbiamo pace con Dio per mezzo di Gesù Cristo, nostro Signore,mediante il quale abbiamo anche avuto {, per la fede,} l’accesso a questa grazia nella quale stiamo fermi, e ci gloriamo nella speranza della gloria di Dio; non solo, ma ci gloriamo anche nelle afflizioni, sapendo che l’afflizione produce pazienza, la pazienza esperienza, e l’esperienza speranza. 5 Or la speranza non delude, perché l’amore di Dio è stato sparso nei nostri cuori mediante lo Spirito Santo che ci è stato dato.”
     Based on the arguments presented in chapters 3-4 on justification by faith, Paul begins this section with the concluding words “Therefore … we have peace with God”. It implies the idea of continuing to have peace with God. We can’t create any type of peace. It is given by God to His believers for them to enjoy. How do we remain in the peace of God? It is only by His grace.  Every spiritual blessing we have is based on the grace of God. By His grace, we receive salvation, peace, prayer, hope, glory and more.
     These are all things we enjoy but then Paul adds another dimension to the benefits of grace. Two words “sufferings” and “perseverance” may seem out of place with the idea of grace and we can have a hard time connecting them with the idea of rejoicing. They are not meant to disappoint or discourage us (v. 5) but can when we don’t understand the full grace of God. Suffering encompasses a variety of pressures in our life and perseverance is the ability to remain steadfast in grace without giving up. Paul gives us the reason: it is so the character of God and His grace can be formed deeper in us. And a deep trust in the grace of God will give us hope as God makes a way. 
Pray with me: Lord, I rejoice in the many ways Your grace is in my life. Help me understand that You are building Your character in me when I live in all the aspects of Your grace.

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