1 Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3 More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5 and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. – Romans 5:1-5 (ESV)
Memorize this passage.
Study it thoroughly.
Let the message sink in your very soul.
Tuck it away in your mind so you can review it anytime you feel troubled, or useless, or hopeless.
Let go of the troubles that plague you. There’s no reason to carry them any further.
You see, these five simple verses are among the most hopeful in all of Scripture. Here Paul explains why we have every reason to hope and not fear, be joyous not dreading, find freedom in Christ and not imprisonment in guilt or pain or sorrow.
We have been justified by faith. In other words, through our faith in Jesus – by placing our trust in and following Him – we have been found innocent. Every sin forgiven. The slate wiped clean. Our records expunged. The past is done. Gone. The old man is gone as well. We are renewed through Jesus! So let go of whatever it is in the past that is holding you down.
We have peace with God through Jesus. The Greek root word for “peace” means “to join”. In other words, because of what Jesus did on the cross for us, and because we have placed our faith and trust in Christ, we have a very real and tangible connection with God. The damage done by Adam and Eve has been repaired. The breach is bridged. Through Jesus Christ, we are forgiven and now can approach God – anytime – with full confidence that He is with us, He is in control, and we can rest in Him. So let go of whatever fear is holding you back.
We now stand in the grace – the unmerited favor – of our Heavenly Father, who loves us with a love that is beyond our frail capabilities. He guides our paths. He extends such grace to those who believe in Him, trust in Him, rely on Him. God will change our hearts, form us and shape us and lead us down the path He has designed for our lives. In His grace we find the right path for our lives, if we will but follow and trust is the Lord, and not our own ways. So let go of whatever uncertainty is keeping you from stepping out in faith.
Because of all this, we have hope. Hope in Christ. Hope for the future. Hope for the here and now. Great expectations of salvation and help in time of need. Will our earthly suffering end? There is no promise of a pain-free life. But we find meaning in our suffering, strength in our weakness, strength to carry on because we are being carried by the Lord. So let go of whatever weakness has you incapacitated and let Christ be your strength.
The Lord is with you always. The Holy Spirit is within you. And He is lavishing you with His perfect love. He has given each of His children the gifts we need: forgiveness, freedom, joy, grace, hope, love… So let go of whatever it is that keeps you from accepting these gifts from the Lord – whether it’s doubt or hurt or fear or simple pride – and embrace God with great abandon. Let go of the shame. Let go of the painful memories. Let go of the bitterness and hurt. Let go of the need to feel in control of your life.
Just let go. Rest faithfully in God. Seek Him. Place your whole hope in the Lord. And discover the amazing peace that comes from simply resting in Him, despite how circumstances may appear.