“Grace and peace to you from God our Father
and the Lord Jesus Christ”
Paul opens many of his letters with this message and blessing of grace and peace. They have not the superficial meanings that are often the case today but are filled with significance. They have even been said to summarize Paul’s gospel of salvation.
The nature of salvation is peace. Through Jesus great mission of reconciliation we can now have peace with God, peace with others, and peace with and within ourselves. The implications of this are enormous and in stark contrast to the world in which we live and, very often, our own state of being.
The source of our salvation is grace. This is God’s free and unmerited favour and has nothing to do with any human works or merit. It is God’s expression of His love towards the undeserving. Jesus life and ministry were filled with the expression of this grace – which so offended the religious leaders and attracted those who were aware of their sin, sickness and need.
We live in a world of rejection and pain, of inadequacy and fear. God’s world reflects our God of loving and giving because that is what He is.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16)
People don’t fail to earn their place in God’s Kingdom – they fail to see and accept His glorious and transforming love.
Acknowledge – By the grace of God I am loved into peace.
Father please help me to see and trust Your love – and to live in Your grace and peace. Amen.