The Life Changing Truth of Identity.
"To all those in Rome who are loved by God and called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ."
Please note that if Paul was writing to your local church, he would write the same thing he wrote to the church in Rome to each believer in your local assembly. Three powerful, life changing truths are given to us in Romans 1:7.
The first powerful, life changing truth is: God loves all who believe.
He loved us at our worst and will never cease to love us. Romans 5:8 tells us that God doesn’t use mere words to tell us He loves us, but loved us by giving us His best while we were at our worst, “But God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 8:32 reveals to us the extent His love will go for us, “He who did not spare His own Son but gave Him up for us all, how will He not also with Him graciously give us all things?" Romans 8:38-39 instructs us that God is powerful enough to guarantee that nothing (not even ourselves) can separate us from His love. Bask in that and experience the sense of well-being we have by being loved with God’s love.
The second powerful, life changing truth is: God calls us saints according to our position and potential in Christ, not according to our past and present failures.
Saint means we are set apart for God having all the resources of Christ to live a holy life. It does not mean we have arrived at perfection, but that we will be completely holy when Christ arrives again. Being called a saint is reminding us that we can become experientially what we already are in Christ.
The third powerful, life changing truth is: God supplies us with everything we need to live a godly and peaceful life in an ungodly and trouble filled sinful world.
Grace is unmerited favor, but it is much more. Grace is all of God’s resources we need to live a godly, profitable and abundant life in hostile circumstances. We access this grace (God’s resources) by faith in the Son of God (Galatians 2:20). We access this grace by going to God’s throne of grace to receive His mercy and gain His grace to help us in our time of need (Hebrews 4:16).
Learn these truths and live them out in daily life. You will never want to live any other way.
Who you think you are shapes how you live.
Three key questions to ask as we prayerfully read the scriptures:
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