Today's devotion is based on Romans 5:1, "We have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ."
As wonderful as earthly peace is, it is not the kind of peace we need most, for without God's peace, we will not have it in the world we live in today. Sin brought strife between God and people. This strife is most evident in troubled consciences. It's also reflected in the conflicts that exist between people everywhere. there is nothing that we could give up or contribute to establishing a peace treaty with God. Our sins alienated us so far from God that such a treaty could never be ratified.
God, however, did what we could not do. Through the redemption that came by his own Son, God brought to the peace treaty table everything he needed to sign the treaty with us. Jesus' blood blotted out our guilt. He arose from the grave to announce God's peace. Through Jesus, true peace is ours forever! Give thanks to the Lord!
Please pray with me: Blessed Jesus, you bought me back from the eternal destruction I deserved for my sin by shedding your precious blood. I praise and thank you, my Savior, for establishing peace between God and me and giving me the gift of everlasting life! Amen.