Grace And Peace Philippians 1:2
Grace and peace to you from God our Father and our Lord Jesus Christ.
Paul will always use this particular sequence of words; grace and peace be to you. At the core of Paul’s heart, he knew the one thing. The one thing all of us long for the most in this life is peace with God. You desire that, I desire that, every person you ever look at desires peace with God, whether they acknowledge it or not.
It’s interesting to me when you’re standing at the bedside of someone who doesn’t know, or claims not to know or believe in God. They don’t want at that moment to debate evolution versus creation or which religions are all the same. Their question is always this: when I meet Him, what will He say?
Paul realizes there’s a formula in life, that grace always precedes peace. It is because of the grace of God and Jesus Christ that I no longer have amnesty with the Heavenly Father who created me. Because the one that had created me I had rebelled against and God could have just thrown me away and said I can do better. Instead He initiated grace, the movement of forgiveness towards me. He declared that there’s peace even when I didn’t understand.Paul realizes there's a formula in life, that grace always precedes peace. Click To Tweet
And I want you to understand that this formula does not only work for your relationship with God; this formula is a perfect formula to marriage. It is the same exact formula needed in families and in friendships. If you’re longing for peace in your marriage, if you’re longing for peace with a loved one, if you’re longing for peace with yourself, it only comes through the initiation of grace.
If you’re seeking peace, peace in your home, or with your family, or with a friend, or as you look in the mirror with yourself, it has to start with you.
I want to ask you to become the initiator of grace. Because someone always has to initiate grace to establish peace. And I want that to be you just as God initiated grace for you and me.