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Therefore, since we have been justified by faith,

we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Rom. 5:1  

   Heavenly Father, meditating through this passage is like hiking among in the Swiss Alps of the Gospel. Make the riches of your grace astonishing and real to us in fresh and invigorating ways. Surely, it’s a sin to be bored with your grace! 

     By trusting in Jesus, we begin this January Sunday legally and eternally righteous in Christ. You are at peace with us—in fact, you greatly delight in usBecause we have peace with you, we don’t have to fear death or life, people or pain, or anything else. 

2 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.  

     And now, as your beloved daughters and sons, ware standing in your grace, rooted in your love, and hidden in Christ. We rejoice with unshakable hope, because one Day your glory will cover the earth, evil will be eradicated, and all things will be new. May that be in 2020, Father! 

3 Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope,  

     You are sovereign over our sufferings and joys, our crises and our “cartwheels. Pain, hurt, and sadness have an expiration date; your love and joy don’tIncrease our endurance in our most challenging storylines, Father. Supersize our hope and make us more like Jesus. 

5 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. 

     Keep pouring more and more of your love into our hearts, by the Holy Spirit. Then there’ll be less room for shame, anger, fearwhining, and other attitudes that sabotage our fellowship with you. We are so thrilled to be your fully known and totally loved children. So very Amen we pray, in Jesus’ glorious and loving name.  

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