Psalm 36:5 “Your love, LORD, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies.” [NIV}
Romans 5:8-11 "But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Those who know your name trust in you, for you, , have n those who seek you." Deuteronomy 31:6,8 "Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the your God goes with you; he will leave you nor you.; "The himself goes before you and will be with you; he will leave you nor you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” What a blessing and promise to cling to always, but especially when we are each distraught in our own deep valley!
"Being open about our struggles puts us on the same level with every other human alive—which is right where we belong! However, because of Jesus Christ, our sin will not follow us into eternity. It’s like the old saying goes, “Christians aren’t perfect, just forgiven.” If we believe God is in control and keeps His promises, then we must trust in the principle of Romans 5:3-5. This passage assures us that our hardships have a purpose. Specifically, they develop our endurance, strengthen our character, and solidify our hope. Two immediate blessings of suffering are the deepening of our faith and the preparation for greater service to the kingdom. We’re able to rejoice because we are maturing believers whom God can use for His purposes." [odb.org]
"What does it mean to be 'justified through faith'? It means to be made right with God. When we are justified, we are declared righteous, at the moment of our salvation. Justification does not make us righteous, but rather pronounces us righteous. Our righteousness comes from placing our faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ. His sacrifice covers our sin, allowing God to see us as perfect and unblemished. Because as believers we are in Christ, God sees Christ's own righteousness when He looks at us. This meets God's demands for perfection; thus, He declares us righteous—He justifies us." [gotquestions.org]
"The first step in becoming a truly “good” person as a follower of Christ is to stop pretending that we’re good on our own and to ask God to make us as good as we can be. We will fail many times, but He will keep growing us and changing us. God is faithful and—in His time and in His way—He’ll do it.
The Lord knows the kind of comfort we need when we’re grieving. He knows even better than we do. All we have to do is call on him. We don’t need to give him instructions. We don’t even have to tell him what’s wrong. All we have to do is say, “Lord, I need you,” and he will be right by our side" .[odb.org]
From Matthew Henry, "The precious benefits and privileges which flow from justification are such as should quicken us all to give diligence to make it sure to ourselves that we are justified, and then to take the comfort it renders to us, and to do the duty it calls for from us. The fruits of this tree of life are exceedingly precious."
1] We have peace with God, Rom. 5:1.
2] We have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, Rom. 5:2.
3] We rejoice in hope of the glory of God
4] We glory in tribulations also; not only notwithstanding our tribulations (these do not hinder our rejoicing in hope of the glory of God), but even in our tribulations, as they are working for us the weight of glory, 2 Cor. 4:17.
5] This hope will not disappoint us, because it is sealed with the Holy Spirit as a Spirit of love. It is the gracious work of the blessed Spirit to shed abroad the love of God in the hearts of all the saints.
As for myself, God has blessed me with His presence and guidance my whole life and loved me even while I was dead in sin. He has granted me all I could wish for in this life and more. So from now on, all of my expectations, goals, and dreams for the rest of this body's life and for eternity are in His hands. I trust that I am in His hands and there's no better, safer place to be.