Grace and Peace
Grace to you and peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ, Galatians 1:3
This scripture is the greeting that the Apostle Paul used in his letter to the people of the church at Galatia. It’s an interesting greeting in that he starts by giving grace to them He says “I’m sending grace and peace to your from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ”. How can he write this message? Did He get permission from God and Jesus to offer grace and peace to those in Galatia? The answer is yes! Grace and peace are for all God’s people, and necessary to live life and complete each assignment. Again, Paul doesn’t qualify this offer with, if it is God’s will. He knows it is God’s will for all the members of the body of Christ to have grace and peace? He knows that God freely gave them to him at his conversion and also gives them to all believer that receive the Lord Jesus as Savior.
This may sound like a simple concept, but why did he choose these to aspects of salvation as his greeting? Grace and peace. We read a couple days ago that the Apostle John offered prosperity and health in his letter. So there are many different ways that the letters were addressed. The reason, I believe is because that is what they needed. Paul starts his letter by letting the Galatians know that grace and peace are available and this is what he wants to draw their attention to. God’s unlimited grace and excessive peace. As we read through this book of Galatians, notice the trouble the people at Galatia are having, then decide if the solution is indeed grace and peace for all their trouble.
Secondly, although this offer of grace and peace was sent to the Galatians hundreds of years ago, it is still available today for you and me. Glory to God. God’s unlimited grace and excessive peace are still here for us to walk in each day. Not only that, but we can give them to others just as the Apostle Paul did. We can greet each other with words of encouragement and remember that, Hey, grace is available to get you through the day and peace is there to calm the storm you are facing. Instead of getting down in the dumps with those who are already down, give a word of truth that will remind them they are a child of God and more than a conqueror. The best part about this is that you already know that grace and peace are God’s will in every situation!
Today I want to encourage you to remember that grace and peace belong to you. As a born again child of God, you don’t have to be knocked off course and have your world rocked every time a new problem comes along. The storms will not stop, but you always have a way through by riding on the grace and goodness of God’s love and peace! Take that with you and then share it as you have the opportunity. Also, Help others to navigate their storms by remembering that grace and peace are theirs to carry them through.
Today’s scripture reading: Galatians 1:1-5