You Have a Right to Rejoice

Make the decision: “I will rejoice, always!”

Our Payoff for Rejoicing
Justifiable Peace

Scripture Reading: Romans 5:3-11

Key Verse: Romans 5:1-2

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.

Someone said that being justified by God is “just as if” we had never sinned. It is hard for us to imagine a state of purity where the stain of sin has not been. But the Bible paints the picture for us that our hearts are cleansed so thoroughly through the blood of Jesus that God sees nothing but purity and righteousness. The Apostle Paul wrote, in verse two, that the result of this is rejoicing!

Are you rejoicing today? If not, why not? If you have received God’s gift of salvation, you are clean and on your way to heaven. Sometimes we don’t feel good about the choices we make in the daily grind of life, but we are assured that these don’t take away our hope. If they are sinful, the Holy Spirit will persistently make us uncomfortable with that behavior. We can relax in the knowledge that we have One who walks with us to help us, not condemn us. Remember Paul’s words in Romans 8:1: “Therefore, there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”

Let’s be rejoicers! We have a right to rejoice. We may not always feel happy, but we always have reason to rejoice. When we rejoice in spite of our feelings, it won’t be long before our feelings come along with our faith! Make the decision: “I will rejoice, always!” God paid a heavy price for us to enjoy that right. Let’s take full advantage and continually rejoice.

Father, my flesh doesn’t want to rejoice today, but my spirit knows I have real reasons to, so I will! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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