Grace and peace to you! Paul’s standard salutation speaks of two of the most important attributes of being in the family of God.
From the Christian perspective, grace means “unmerited favor.” It is the forgiveness of sins that we cannot earn. It is the free gift of Jesus Christ to all who call on His name. It is the power to save us and to bring us back before God, cleansed and made new.
Grace also meant an “arresting vision of beauty” to the Greeks. And isn’t Christ on the cross just that? In some ways arresting to visualize His broken and bloodied body hanging there yet also amazingly beautiful to realize what He did for you and me.
Peace is also a gift from God. That sense of wholeness in life and that all is right in His kingdom enriches our lives here. This gift also removes competition from our equations and allows us to respond to others with love. We spread peace with love.
Peace and grace to you! These gifts are always offered to bless our lives and the lives of those we encounter. God is faithful. Our reality is that He brings us an unending supply of grace and peace. And our reality is that the more we share these gifts with others, the more comes back to us as well. Grace and peace to you!
Scripture reference: 1 Corinthians 1: 3-9