Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. -Romans 5:1

The Greek word eiréné is translated here as peace. It is similar to shalom, it's Jewish counterpart. Both words carry with them a sense of completeness and soundness, These words tell us that peace is so much more than the absence of hostilities and war. In a very real sense wars result when one does not experience completeness in their soul.

When we look at peace in this fashion we begin to understand that having peace with God is not about the cessation of hostilities but about being complete in Him. When we are spiritually born we become a complete human being. We are whole in a way that we have never been before. Faith in God results in a new life of spiritual completeness.

Lord, I am forever grateful for the cross. That you have forgiven me, cleansed me and made me complete.

... this devotion is part of an ongoing series on words in the bible.

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