We are at peace with God, the Father, as a result of the sacrifice that Jesus Christ made for us when He came to earth to fulfil the will of God.
Through faith, which is expressed through receiving salvation and submitting to Jesus Christ, acknowledging Him as the Lord and Savior of our lives, we activate that personal reconciliation with God.
We have to make an active and conscious decision to be saved. It won’t fall on us from the sky.
The Bible states, in Romans 10:9-10, that the one who confesses with their mouth that Jesus is Lord and they believe in their heart that God raised Him from the dead then He will be saved.
This all has to do with the actions we take to affirm our salvation.
Confessing and, most importantly, believing the gospel in our hearts.
Through Jesus Christ, we have access to the grace that we did not merit in any way.
This grace is what has made us children of God.
It is by grace we can look at our futures with eager expectation of the glory that is to come.
It is because of Jesus Christ, and the peace that we have with God, that we can rejoice and be steadfast in times of trials and tribulations.
Instead of shaking and cowering away, we stand boldly because we know that God is with us.
Our hearts are strengthened during the challenges we face.
We build up patience so that the next time a similar trial comes our way, we will confidently endure.