Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
When we say we have peace with God do we understand what that really means? The simplest way, perhaps, to think of it is to consider a friendship that was once broken now restored.
Friendships are important but they are sometimes broken too easily. Sometimes it takes but a few minutes to tear down something that has lasted for years. Something as simple as a misunderstanding can destroy what was once a treasured relationship. We may not view the former friend as an enemy but the person is no longer treated as a friend.
The friendship once destroyed does not always have to be destroyed. They are often easily restored by a simple apology and can be resumed as if there had never been a problem. Two honest people can admit we all make mistakes and understand that value of a good friend. Peace can be restored.
We often view the natural relationship we have with God through the prism of our own experience with those around us. We know there has been a breach in the friendship but we assume it is only a slight breach. It cannot be something serious after all because we are all decent and good people (in our own eyes.)
Noting could be farther from the truth though. There has not only been a breach in friendship we are the outright enemies of God. We are in open rebellion against his lawful government of this world and our lives. We were born that way because we were born sinners. God demands a payment for our sins. Unfortunately we cannot make that payment.
Jesus, however, can make that payment for us. He has in fact done so already on the cross of Calvary. Now he is waiting for the world to put their faith in Him. We can have peace with God but not through our own means or on our own terms. We must come to him with a broken heart over our sins and putting our faith in him. If we do this we can have peace with God.