Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 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. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 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.
For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die—but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.
by: Joy Choquette.
Having an older sibling in childhood meant having a built-in bodyguard. No bully was going to mess with you on the playground, not with your big brother or sister around. In the same way, Jesus is our protector here on earth. No, we cannot physically see Him. But we have faith in His presence the same way we do that oxygen helps us breathe, even though it is invisible. Because we have been justified through Jesus, we are saved—wholly and completely, forever. Jesus is like the best older sibling we could imagine—ready and always willing to come to our rescue.