As I began reading Ephesians again today these two words stand out. It was a common greeting and the Apostle Paul says it to the church in Ephesus in the first part of his letter to them(we call Ephesians in the Bible).
We all love grace. Grace is the gift from others. A gift to forgive. A gift to overlook an offense, the gift to be tolerant of a short-coming. Without grace relationships are doomed. Without grace to each other, we have the potential to become cynical, spiteful, aggressively-opinionated, and even hateful.
The idea of peace, is what is experienced as we become givers or recipients of grace. Have you ever been forgiven? Have you ever let go of anger toward someone? I bet you experienced some peace. The population is seeking grace and peace. When grace is not lived, received, or experienced we have a propensity to seek peace in behaviors that can hurt and destroy us, and heap the opposite of peace, on those closest to us. Counselors call this “self-medicating.” This brings short bits of shallow peace that is really an illusion. We need real peace, and it only comes through real grace.
The grace of God, our Father is this: He sent Jesus to pay for our offenses, only because of His great love for us. Grace spiritually is like all grace. It is a gift. God’s love is a gift, as well as God’s life, his free salvation, and His presence. To have this gift you just receive by faith, saying yes to Jesus and the love of the Father, and no to everything in this world that leads us from that.
When we experience Grace from Heaven, we can then experience peace with God. It is then part of us to grant much grace to others, thus perpetuating peace on earth, and good will to men. Only in Christ, is true grace and peace able to be experienced and attained.
Grace and Peace to you and to others this day.