"Grace and Peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ."
Saul was a tax collector whose soul was in great turmoil. He knew the business he was affiliated with was not upscale. In fact, by many of the citizens, he was considered a down right degenerate. Jesus came to the Temple one day, looked upon Saul, and saw his heart was breaking for righteousness. He spoke to Saul telling him his new name will be Paul, and he will break free of this heartache by following him. Saul got up immediately, leaving all his monies at the table and followed the Lord Jesus Christ. The New Testament is a compilation of twenty-seven of his letters. Today's verse is taken from one of these.
Paul was on a continual quest to bring peace and grace to others just as he received it from Christ. This script comes from his letter to the Christians in the Roman city of Philippi. Paul sends them God's grace and peace in his blessing. He knew that every Christian had the right to experience both. The root idea of grace is a "gift". Christian faith is based on the reality that God gives us grace. We don't have to earn it. It is a gift made possible due to Jesus dying on the cross. Grace is more than a concept. It is a spiritual reality. We can all experience God's grade through this natural gift to us. All we have to do is receive it. We can't earn it or buy it! We can only experience it with an open heart.
Peace in the Bible is much more than the end of a hostile period. God's peace produces a state of well-being that includes spiritual harmony with him. It is a relational harmony between his people that includes physical health, material provision, and an inner state of serenity. It is the actual product from living in the right relationship with God. Often at the end of church you will hear, "Go in Peace to Love and Serve the Lord." We also hear, "The Peace of Christ be with you." These words are set to inspire believers with the true message of God. Let the grace and peace of God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you today!
Father, thank you for your grace you've given me,
through Jesus Christ. I know that as long as I am
in a relationship with you I can experience your peace.
I ask you to touch my life with grace and peace today. Amen.