"The Greeting of Grace"
The Apostle Paul opens each of his epistles with a salutation of grace and peace.
"Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ" (Romans 1:7).
Note that Paul writes as a messenger or ambassador of God the Father and God the Son, as inspired by God the Holy Spirit. Our Lord greeted the Romans with grace, which received and experienced through faith in the Lord Jesus, always leads to peace. This symbolizes God's working in our hearts along every new pathway of life. He would have His trusting children to know the grace of His freely given favor for the purpose of filling our hearts with peace, and then transmitting such tranquility of heart unto others.
Consider each new day. Our Heavenly Father bestows His greeting of grace and peace as the sun rises. "This is the day which the Lord hath made. We will rejoice and be glad in it" (Psalm 118:24). We may not know what the day holds. But we know Who holds it. Nail-scarred Hands of grace offer to us the involved presence of God along every pathway. Of course, we presently "walk by faith, not by sight" (II Corinthians 5:7). Most of our Lord's gracious doings on our behalf will take place in ways and means beyond our awareness. We must nevertheless affirm the fact of such Divine involvement, remembering the numerous Scriptural promises that pave the pathways of our lives with grace and its accompanying peace. Each new day begins not only with the rising sun, but with the risen Son and His assurance, "I am with you always… I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee" (Matthew 28:20; Hebrews 13:5).
Epistles that greet us with grace direct us to the salutation of each new day, and of this day: "Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ." Remembrance of the salutation prepares our hearts to far more realize the freely given favor in the Lord Jesus that awaits us in every venue of life. Peace received by us and bestowed through us ensues when at the outset of each new day, the greeting of grace from the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit blesses us with the realization of Who makes our days, and of Who has made this day.
"Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord."
(II Peter 1:2)
Weekly Memory Verse
Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord.
(II Peter 1:2)