Our pastor has pointed out to us that every single letter written by Paul to the churches begins with him wishing them grace and peace. He even slips mercy between the two in 1 and 2 Timothy. As I started 2 Peter, I realized that Peter, too, began both of his books with grace and peace.
Grace. The definition given by our pastor- I am so thankful for him!- is undeserved, unearned mercy, kindness and love. Grace is receiving what we don’t deserve, good, amazing things like God’s mercy and love and forgiveness of our sins. Mercy is NOT receiving what we DO deserve. Um, sorry, but we are all sinners whether we want to admit it or not, and we do deserve death for it. Romans 3:23- “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 6:23- “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.” This second verse gives us the hope, the get-out-of-eternal-death card- God’s gift of eternal life THROUGH JESUS. We simply have to believe this is true, accept Jesus’ sacrifice for us- He died in our place, and receive God’s amazing gifts.
Peace. Only AFTER we accept the grace of God and choose to walk in it will we experience peace. No matter what else you try, only this will give you the true peace in your soul that you so desperately long for. Nothing else. Period.
Grace, THEN peace! How wonderful. 🙂
♫ Oh Happiness! There’s grace, enough for us, and the whole human race! ♪ ♫