Day 25: Reasons to Rejoice

I knew a blog every day was probably too good to be true, but now I’m really going to have to kick it into high gear if I want to post all that’s on my mind before these 31 days are up. This series has been a blessing to me, and even though I am still entirely guilty of lots of grumping, I am seeing tangible changes in my heart and mind by the grace of God. God’s Word is alive and active! And it accomplishes what God intends for it to. I am so, so thankful.

Yesterday, in the midst of some serious grumpiness, Jordan read me Romans 5. I was a little annoyed, if I’m being completely honest, because I was looking a little more for “Poor you” than a humble confrontation with truth. Bless that man.

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. (Romans 5:1-11 ESV)

The passage gives three reasons to rejoice. And sometimes paraphrasing this early in the morning is not that great of an idea, so to quote the ESV Study Bible:

1. We rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.
“The Christian, through faith in Christ, has been justified and declared righteous by God,  once for all. The result of this is that the Christian no longer lives under the fear of judgement and the wrath of God but has peace with God, which is not merely a subjective feeling but an objective reality. The grace in which we stand refers to the secure position of the believer’s standing (as a blessing of justification), and the hope of the glory of God refers to the promise that Christians will be glorified and perfected at the last day—a hope that results in joy.”

2. We rejoice in our sufferings.
“The people of God rejoice not only in future glory but in present trials and sufferings, not because trials are pleasant but because they produce a step-by-step transformation that makes believers more like Christ.”

3. We rejoice in God.
“Christians go beyond avoiding God’s wrath and actually rejoice in the same God who would pour out wrath on them were it not for Christ.”