Loved by God, Called as Saints—Romans 1:7

"...To all in Rome who are loved by God and called to be saints: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ" (Romans 1:7)

One of the most impressive perks of being called and chosen of God is that he calls us saints and we are completely righteous in His eyes. We have been designated for a consecrated life, holy and blameless before Him and because of this we can cleave to the abundant life that Jesus offers us. This abundant life is comprised of grace and peace.

Grace is unmerited, unearned favor and kindness. Grace is getting what we do not deserve. Grace is God's favor upon us. Grace was the end result of Jesus' sacrifice upon the cross for us. He paid the price so we do not have to and so that we can stand before God in this grace, full of confidence and boldness to approach Him and come into relationship with Him.

Peace is perfected well-being, spiritual prosperity and freedom from fears. It is not getting agitated by the passions and moral conflicts of this world. Even in the midst of trials and hardship, we can abound in this transforming peace. The world cannot know it nor can it understand it because this is the peace that God offers us freely and it is ours through and by the Lord Jesus Christ.

As Christians, we are loved by God, we are called by Him and we are equipped with everything that we need to live richly in the midst of the world. And all of this comes through a personal and intimate knowledge of the one who has called us into the grace which we now stand. Nothing can separate us from this love and when we remain in Him, walking in knowledge of Him, nothing can remove us from this position either.

If you have experience the love of Christ, it is my prayer that you rest in the abundance of grace and peace that God has provided for you. Jesus said in John 16:33, "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."

Juli Camarin

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