Re: Verse reading–Genesis 1:26-31; Romans 5:1-11 (day Six)
Jesus told the Samaritan woman, “God is seeking worshippers who worship in Spirit and truth.” (John 4:23) We are those worshippers, and not of our own making, but God’s. In Jesus’ death we have forgiveness of sin for all time, but in the resurrected life of Jesus we find our righteousness. In other words God required more than forgiveness for us to be at “peace” with Him; He required a righteousness that forgiveness alone could not provide (Romans 4:25). God transferred the infinite and beautiful righteousness of His resurrected Son onto us, those who by faith rest in the Son. So our slate was not only wiped clean from past and future sin, but our sin was replaced with the righteousness of God’s Son! That jaw-dropping transfer gives us “peace” with God, giving us the privilege to come to God as worshippers.
And by the way, this is no tenuous peace, but a true peace. It is not like King Saul, who changed his relationship with David on a dime. David never knew what Saul he would encounter. An angry Saul? Friendly? Ally? Enemy? Not so with God. The resurrected life of Jesus affords us true everlasting peace with God; we can “boldly approach the throne of grace!” (Hebrews 4:16) God made that happen; He sought after you and made a way!

Prince of Peace

Re: Verse reading – Ephesians 2:11-22 (day one) 
“For He Himself is our peace, who has made the two one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility.”  (v 14)  Paul is detailing what God has done for us in Christ (chose us in Him–v 1:4, redeemed us–v 1:7, sealed us with the Holy Spirit–v 1:14, made us alive, raised and seated us with Christ in heavenly places–v 1:5).  He turns eventually to PEACE.  In Christ, Gentiles and Jews, who formerly hated each other, were standing together in unity.  It was an undeniable miracle,  one that spoke volumes in a divided, prejudiced ancient world.  Still true today.  When Jesus is Lord (and only when He is Lord), He breaks down barriers that divide people from each other.  Isaiah saw it.  “He shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, PRINCE OF PEACE.”Isaiah 9:6.  And our Prince has instructions for us.  “If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men.”Romans 12:18.