1 Therefore, since we have been declared righteous by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Romans is a book that always intimidates me—so it is no surprise that God would draw me into it by writing a devotional. As I unpacked this verse for myself, it occurred to me that I am intimidated by this message because, while I can comprehend it academically, my heart wrestles with its simplicity and my brain overcomplicates its truth.
One of the things I like to do when I am preparing to write a devotion is to read the passage in several translations. Sometimes, a different translation of the Bible will strike me and illuminate the message. One specific version I often look to in the YouVersion Bible App is called EASY. The EasyEnglish Bible is not a word-for-word translation. It is a meaning-for-meaning translation in simple English. For deep study, it isn’t a translation I recommend, but sometimes I need to pull myself from the academic study to hear what God is saying to me.
In the EASY translation, Romans 5:1 says, “So we see that God has accepted us as right because we believed in him. As a result, we are friends with God because of what our Lord Jesus Christ as done for us.”
Could it really be so simple? I get to be friends with God just by believing what Jesus has done for me? It really is that simple. There are no conditions attached. I pray that you allow your heart to believe that as clearly as your brain does.
Questions to Ask Yourself
- What truths from God’s Word are you overcomplicating?
- What practices can you include in your relationship with God to hear the message He has for your heart?
Pray for Hope for the World Partner ministry The Point, a church reaching a university campus in Vancouver, BC. Pray for the pastor and his family, continued favor in the community, strong relationships with neighbors, and open hearts to the love of Christ.