Posted by Elfriede
1Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. 2Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory. (NLT)
Do you have peace with God? Sometimes I don’t seem to feel the peace of God in my heart? How can I know my heart’s feelings?
Who can answer that question better than God Himself through His word, the Bible?
God, our heavenly Father says that we are “justified by faith” (Romans 5:1 KJV) meaning that He has made us right in His sight immediately at the time and instant when we surrendered our life to Jesus Christ!
Paul says that “we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:1 KJV). There is nothing we can do to have peace with God. I cannot tell my heart to have peace in it. It comes from God when we surrender our life to Him. Once I have done that I can be assured of that peace which is not a feeling but a confidence that there is peace in my heart.
The adversary might try to sow doubt in our mind but our mind cannot overrule the truth that there is peace in our heart!
There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. (KJV)
William MacDonald comments as follows in the New Believer’s Bible Commentary:
From the valley of despair and defeat, the apostle now climbs the heights with the triumphant shout, There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus! This may be understood in two ways.
First, there is no divine condemnation as far as our sin is concerned, because we are in Christ. There was condemnation as long as we were in our first federal head, Adam. But now we are in Christ and therefore are as free from condemnation as He is. …….
But it may also mean that there is no need for the kind of self-condemnation which Paul described in chapter 7. We may pass through a Romans 7 experience, unable to fulfill the law’s requirements by our own effort, but we don’t have to stay there. Verse 2 explains why there is no condemnation.
For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. (KJV)
And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death. (NLT)
2 Corinthians 1:22
22and he has identified us as his own by placing the Holy Spirit in our hearts as the first installment that guarantees everything he has promised us. (NLT)
13And now you Gentiles have also heard the truth, the Good News that God saves you. And when you believed in Christ, he identified you as his own by giving you the Holy Spirit, whom he promised long ago. 14The Spirit is God’s guarantee that he will give us the inheritance he promised and that he has purchased us to be his own people. He did this so we would praise and glorify him. (NLT)
Getting back to my question “How can I know my heart’s feelings?”
Ephesians has identified that upon believing the Holy Spirit was placed into our heart by God, and with that my heart is totally surrendered to the Lord. Letting the Holy Spirit control our heart is the best choice we can make because our “human” heart can be deceived.
I hope this answers the question about the peace of heart. Feel free to let us know what you think; we would love to hear from you.
Praise the Lord for what He has done!
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illionois 60188. All rights reserved.