Stability and trust

Morning all

Romans chapter 5 Vs 1 and 2 says this:

“Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.”

Since Christ has come and died that we might be pardoned and cleansed, God’s faithfulness is part of His grace. He would not be faithful to His promises, His past acts in Christ’s works, or His calling that has sounded in our ears unless, when we obeyed the call and confessed our sin, He allowed us to enter into the full possession of His pardoning grace. In other words, our forgiveness and cleansing, the receiving of favour from Him, is a product of His faithfulness.

God’s faithfulness in these areas has far-reaching, practical ramifications for us. That God is faithful means that His character is unchangingly consistent. The unalterable structure of the universe consists of both justice and forgiveness. God never acts in contradiction of Himself, and in all experiences we may depend on Him to be unalterably just and forgiving toward us. Because He is faithful, He can be the central and most important object of our faith. Could we trust a god if we were never sure what he would do? I know I couldn’t.

So as I follow Christ I need to ensure that others can trust on my stability and reliability, knowing that the values I hold won’t change and that every decision I take has God at its centre. Knowing this gives colleagues, friends and family confidence – even if they don’t believe as I do! And everyone needs to have confidence in the person they are with.

Have a great week

Mark

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