Grace and Peace

 

January 1


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Read Ephesians 1:1-2

Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, to the saints who are in Ephesus, and are faithful in Christ Jesus: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Reflect

What is the significance of Paul using a greeting that says, “grace to you and peace”?

 

If you have read any of Paul’s epistles, you will notice that Paul follows a particular format when he writes to the churches that was standard. He includes a salutation that tells us that he is the author and sender of the letter. He tells us that this letter was intended to be received by the believers in Ephesus. Then, he gives a customary greeting.

 

But this isn’t just a greeting with polite niceties. The greeting itself is a prayer for the believers in Jesus in Ephesus. Paul is praying for the readers and hearers of these words to be blessed with “grace and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.”

 

The fact that he addressed this to “saints” implies that the recipients of this letter have already accepted God’s grace. Grace means “unmerited favor.” We do not deserve to be justified and made right with God. As sinners, we do not merit salvation. But through Jesus Christ, God offers us a free gift of salvation. And when we accept that gift, we receive His grace. We are then referred to as “saints” or “the faithful in Christ Jesus.”

 

So why does Paul pray for God to bestow His grace on the saints who have already received it? Because we do not stop receiving God’s unmerited favor the minute we accept Christ. Rather, the moment we accept His unmerited favor in Christ, we begin to receive His unmerited favor continually. This is God’s sustaining grace that Paul is referring to in 2 Corinthians 12:9: “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” This is the grace that enables us to do what God has called us to do. This is the grace that empowers us by the Holy Spirit to live as Jesus has called us to live. This is the grace that preserves and perseveres us until we see Him face to face.

 

Paul also offers a prayer for peace to the saints. Once we accept God’s grace, we are justified to God and are therefore at peace with God. Again, this peace is ongoing. We are now at peace with God so we can continually experience peace from God in our lives. This is the peace that calms our fears and allows us to rest in His Sovereignty.

 

Friends, as saints and faithful believers in Jesus Christ, you too can continually experience God’s grace and peace. My prayer for you today is that you will embrace the grace and peace that Christ offers you daily.

 

Pray

Father, thank You for Your gift of grace and peace. I know that I do not deserve it, but I am so grateful that You have not only made me right with you and offered me salvation but that You also sustain me daily. I accept the grace and peace that I need to live for You today. Amen.



~ Pastor Nat Crawford



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Thank You, God for enabling me to do Your Will. Thank You, God for empowering me through the Holy Spirit to live Christlike. Thank You, God for sustaining me with daily bread until I meet You face to face. Please, continue to daily bless me with Your Grace and Peace. In Your Almighty Name, God, I pray. Amen.
My prayer and praise is that 2021 is shrouded in the "Peace" of the LORD Y'SHUA ... this fast paced life I put on "the preparation of the peace of the Gospel of Christ" as an important part of the Armor of God so that I can walk in peace with my friends and family and neighbors! Let's get into this peace...
Your peace and Your grace are manifestations of Your divine love for sinners like me. Lord Jesus, help me to remain faithful to You as You have to me.
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Rene - I am praying for God to strengthen both of your bodies and for a quick recovery for both of you.
*THANKYOUJESUS
"I am so grateful that You have not only made me right with you and offered me salvation but that You also sustain me daily..." Amen. ♡
Thank you God for your grace and peace.
Thank God for his peace and grace.
Amen
God thanks for your Grace and Peace for 2021
In Jesus name amen! Thank you Lord...
Heavenly Father, thank You for bringing us to a New Year. Father, I can rest assured that You are always near. Paving the way so that we can confidently and gratefully receive and live out Your will for our lives. We can leave the old and focus on You and living for You . Thank You Father. This New Year is a year of change for me. With You at the head and by my side it will be possible. I pray this prayer in Your Son Jesus name, Amen.
Thanks for your wisdom!!!
Because of Covid My husband and I are separated from each other as he is battling in the hospital. We both were infected but he got real sick real quick. Your story about your young son made sense to me. I pray that God will help me put on my noise canceling headset for the peace only God can provide. Please pray for my husbands kidneys to begin to function again! Thank you . Ren’e
In these time of uncertainties, with God's grace will be embrace od's grace
If You need that true Peace, Calm God offers you; simply stand up look up call out to Jesus asking Praying and receiving that True Peace, Calm that Jesus will give you if you ask. God Bless You and Fill You with that need you Pray for in Jesus name Amen
Thank you pastor Nat, Good wisdom indeed.
Father God ! My Thanks is infinite for your son Sacrifice on that cross and your grace ! In Jesus name I pray Amen ✝️🙏🇺🇸
We thank the lord for his grace and his peace over our lives this new year and we thank you Pastor for your teachings and may God bless you all amen
Thank you for the reminder that I already have everything I need, to do what God has called me to do.
Father, thank you for your servant Pastor Nat Crawford and for his faithfulness in sharing your word in such a meaningful way.
Beautiful, thanks 😊
Thank God for his unmerited Grace.
Amen!
Amen
Amen and thank you for the powerful encouragement
Amen and praise the Lord
Thank you Pastor Nat!
What a beautiful way to begin a letter
I need his peace more than ever.
Thank you God for your peace and love appreciate your sermons Pastor Nat.
I Enjoy the Peace of God that Past All Understanding. I have the Peace of God in Jesus Name. Happy New Year to All!
Thank you, Pastor Nat, for your wonderful devotion and prayer to start us off and focus our hearts in this new year on the grace and peace of God! Amen! ♡ 'Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus, Just to take Him at His Word; Just to rest upon His promise, Just to know, "Thus saith the Lord!"
Happy New Year , Pastor Nat . I m suping fr Singapore . Thank u for yr messages . I luv Sib Roth because I also luv jesus christ our lord . I have to wait until my phone gets back then I can download the app . Looking forward to getting to know u , Pastor 😁😁😁
Happy New Years... Gods Grace and Peace is what gets me through each day. Life can be a struggle...I give God the Glory...for guiding, loving and giving me strength. Amen
Thank You Paster Nat!! What an amazing and timely reminder to start the New Year! Father, I am rejoicing and thankful for Your amazing gift of grace and peace! Thank You for sending Jesus to redeem me by the shedding of His precious blood on the cross! "I couldn't earn it, and I didn't deserve it"! Thank You for Your unconditional love. In Jesus' name. Amen!
Grace and peace are two gifts that are essential to live a Christian life. Yes, Pastor we have to embrace and engage them to do God’s will. Grace provides the power to obey and peace is the attitude of belief Jesus is with us. We will have struggles this year and by Jesus grace and peace we will glorify His name and experience His everlasting joy. Amen
Ah Yes GOD's Grace & Peace!!! We all know about it, We have all read about it, We have all been preached about it; BUT how many of us Actually seek it?? Thank you for an inspiring New Beginning to 2021!!!
Amen
How blessed are we especially in these uncertain times to have God's grace and peace! What an amazing gift!
Thank you, Father. Amen.
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