Through the years, I've taught many small group Bible studies for men. When I've asked them what they want most in life, the number one answer is peace.
We hear this often from our radio audience as well. Recently, Susan sent this e-mail asking us to pray for her.
Please pray for me. I continually ask Christ for confirmation in my heart that I am his and all my sins are forgiven, but I am experiencing constant doubt that He loves me. When I read that his Spirit testifies with our spirits that we are his, I cry out for the Lord to make it real to me, but the doubts will not go away.
Susan wants her heart to be at peace in the Lord. She wants the internal turmoil concerning her salvation to go away. She wants to know that she knows she truly belongs to Jesus.
Jesus addressed this with the disciples. "Do not let your hearts be troubled," he said, "and do not be afraid."
Peace was his promise to the disciples and it is his promise to us. "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world" (John 16:33).
But how does he dispense his peace to us?
It begins with the biblical word justification. Paul showed the relationship between justification and peace in his letter to the Romans.
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 5:1).
Justification is something God does for us freely by his grace. It is his act in Christ to declare us righteous in his sight. As a result, we are at peace with God.
The Greek word for peace means the opposite of war and dissension. It also conveys this meaning: "The tranquil state of a soul assured of it's salvation through Christ, fearing nothing from God and consequently content with its earthly lot, whatever it is" (The Complete Word Study Dictionary).
This "tranquil state of the soul" is what Susan wants. It's what we all want. Justification by faith in Jesus is God's answer.
It's the proof that all our sins have been forgiven. If not, Jesus never would have come out of that grave. But He did! He is alive! As Paul wrote, "He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification" (Romans 4:25).
This is the truth that calms the heart and gives peace to the soul. Knowing that you have been justified quiets that internal strife and turns doubt into assurance.
Your gifts to Basic Gospel are helping many people — believers and unbelievers alike — find and experience peace. Can you think of a more meaningful gift to share with others than the peace of God?
Together, let's continue delivering the good news that "Christ was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification."
There are many more people like Susan in the world who need to hear. Let's connect them to the love of Jesus Christ so that in this world they can know the "peace of God that passes understanding."
As you rejoice in all Christ accomplished for you through his death, burial and resurrection this Easter season, I ask with boldness that you give your most generous gift to Basic Gospel so others may share your joy.
As always, thank you for joining with us to get the word out.
Jesus is alive! Because he lives, the peace of God is ours.
I look forward to hearing from you soon.
In his resurrected life,
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