Peace in His PresenceAngus Buchan
All Equal before God
Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. ~ Romans 5:1-2
There are times when believers can be stingy with their grace. If you are witnessing to someone, don’t pressurize them to stop smoking or drinking before they become a Christian. When someone comes to Christ through grace, they come as they are. Their past doesn’t matter – they can come to Jesus as they are, and Jesus will change them.
Some Christians are the worst when it comes to judging other people. The Lord said, “First take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye” (Matt. 7:5 NIV).
The Bible verses about grace tell us that it doesn’t matter where we come from. It doesn’t matter what we have done – when we stand before God we are all equal. We are sinners saved by grace. There is only one way for us to have peace with God and that is through Jesus. We stand in the grace of Jesus and rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.
Lord God, thank You for the assurance that I am justified by faith and that nothing in my past can stand between us. Help me to not judge other people, but to love them as Jesus does. Amen.