2nd post tonight …
Paul begins and ends many of his letters with "Grace and peace be with you from God our Father and our Lord Jesus Christ."
Yesterday, I talked about the reason it’s God our Father and our Lord Jesus Christ. Today, I want to talk about the grace and peace.
I like to end my own letters with "grace be with you" because I know what it means.
Grace is that wonderful, effective power of God that breaks sin’s hold on us and empowers us for service.
It’s a big word that describes almost everything the Holy Spirit does in us.
- causes sin to lose its power over us (Rom. 6:14)
- teaches us to live righteously, godly, and wisely in this present age (Tit. 2:11-14)
- helps us in time of need
Grace is also the power behind whatever spiritual gift or gifts God has given us (1 Pet. 4:10).
Grace Be With You
Doesn’t that make "Grace be with you" a rather incredible blessing?
Let’s keep this short. I’ll do peace tomorrow.