Holy Greetings of Grace and Peace
December 10, 2011 § 1 Comment
“Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” 2 Thessalonians 1:2
Paul’s letters begin with these words: grace and peace. Each time they are accompanied by, ” from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” In his letters to Timothy, Paul also adds mercy.
Jesus mercifully came to pour out His grace so that the Holy Spirit might forever reign in believers hearts giving them peace.
That I would carry a greeting of grace and peace to my brothers and sisters in word, heart, and spirit.
How often is my soul in a state of unrest? Worry, sin, and striving can lead to this state, but abiding in Christ Jesus and growing in love and knowledge of Him ushers forth His grace and peace in my spirit and yours.
When the angels told of the birth of Christ, they ushered in their tidings with,
“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased. ” Luke 2:14 (emphasis mine)
In the form of a warm and fleshy baby boy, peace and joy were birthed to earth so that striving and death could be ceased.
I long to behold the baby boy of Bethlehem whose birth we celebrate over two thousand years later. To be one of the lowly shepherds to coddle, kiss, and worship his tiny fingers and toes. To bask in the earthen glow of a heavenly Savior is to know Love.
That I would carry grace and peace in my inner being alone is enough to change the countenance of my face.
My face tells the signs of my time spent with Jesus. When worry grips me and piles of laundry, clutter, my own self-inflicted to do list, or even worse, my sin, start to wear at my soul it is then I must recognize my thirst for my Savior and His Word beckoning to me, “Grace and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” The shepherds momentarily laid down their duties to partake of His grace and joy. I should do the same.
How did the lowly shepherds spend the rest of their earthly days?
What joy did they take forth into their mundane tasks?
Was that moment in a stable enough to sustain them till heaven or did they ask God for more? How many of them lived the thirty-three years more to receive the eternal anointing of the Holy Spirit?
This Christmas season, might we remember to receive His grace and peace in all things as we worship the new-born King of Kings turn Risen Savior? Might we pause from tasks, turn from distractions, and then bow our heads in meditation and wonder at the gift of Christ our Savior?
Grace and peace to you in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ this Christmas season and every one thereafter.
Raise the Risk Challenge:
- Do not take my word for it. Look at the Pauline epistles (Romans, 1/2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1/2 Thessalonians, 1/2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon) and see for yourself his holy greetings of grace and peace.
- How might you extend grace and peace to your family and/or circle of friends this Christmas? To other Christians around the world? To your neighbors?
- In what areas of your life is there unrest? Ask Christ Jesus to rain down His peace. Seek His leading to discern areas of necessary change.