WORDS TO CONTEMPLATE FROM SAINT PAUL
"Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God. And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us." (Romans 5:1-5)
Much of our long-standing Christian theology comes from the book of Romans, as Paul interprets what has been done for us in Christ. Now that we are about halfway through our Lenten journey, we would do well to spend even 15 minutes today in silence, reflecting on any of the following phrases from the beginning of chapter 5:
- justified by faith
- peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ
- access to grace through Christ
- our hope of sharing the glory of God
- boast in our sufferings
- suffering produces endurance
- endurance produces character
- character produces hope
- hope does not disappoint us, because...
- God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us
Faith... peace... grace... hope... suffering... God’s love poured into us... our Lord Jesus Christ... the Holy Spirit... God’s amazing gifts. These words, phrases, and images are at the very heart of Christianity.
How will you embrace these truths - or even one of these truths - today?