Romans 5: 1 – 11

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. Because 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.

We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials,
for we know that they help us develop endurance.  
Endurance develops strength of character,
which strengthens our hope of salvation. 

And this hope will not lead to disappointment.
For we know how dearly God loves us,
because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.

When we were utterly helpless,
Christ came at just the right time and died for us.     
Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person,
though someone might perhaps be willing to die
for a person who is especially good.

But God showed his great love for us
by sending Christ to die for us sinners.
And since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ,
he will certainly save us from God’s condemnation. 

For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son
while we were still his enemies,
we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son. 
So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God
because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God.