Romans 15:13a May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him.
A few days ago Carynne (3) was involved in an "incident" at school. She was one of a number of children who were misbehaving in her class. When confronted by their teacher, none would confess to what had happened. That is until Rynne uttered the words, "I will tell the truth." She knew that a consequence would likely follow her admission but her heart was at peace. However, her peace-filled heart found grace in the arms of her teacher.
Today I start the book of 2 Thessalonians by reading the first chapter. As I read the opening lines, I noted that Paul wishes grace and peace to his readers. Paul begins thirteen other letters with this same sentiment. Clearly these are important elements in the life of a Christian.
- Grace - Grace draws us to God and sustains our faith. Grace infuses our faith with love and forgiveness towards others. Grace is the author of salvation and our hope as we draw our final breath.
- Peace - Peace guards our hearts and enriches our testimony. Peace beckons the wanderer's heart. Peace calms the tormented soul. Peace smooths the rockiest of roads and relationships.
Jesus, thank you for Your grace - it truly is amazing. Your peace follows in the footsteps that led to the cross. Your pain granted me peace. Today I will offer my loved ones grace that flows from a peace-filled heart.