Monday, July 14, 2014

Where Peace Meets Grace

“Grace and Peace to you.”

Don’t you wish every letter started out this way?

A prayer for each other.
A prayer for two essential, life-sustaining elements.

“If you want peace, you must have grace,” our pastor said.

Because peace is something that has to be given.

Many ache for peace. Many look for peace in all the wrong places. 

They put on an outward peace, like a coat that hides all the turmoil underneath. They grope for outward peace, hoping it will seep down and touch the deep places of life that can’t ever seem to be settled.

But real, abiding peace is a gift.

A gift handed down from the One who is the Lord of peace.

“Peace has a Lord,” he went on to say.  A Lord who gives what is His by right.

And He gives it willingly to those who are His.

Peace isn’t something we wear.

Peace is a gift, unlike the world gives. Something that's designed to rule our hearts. 

Fruit of His Spirit.

Grace and Peace.

Two inseparable, life-sustaining elements.

Because if peace were not accompanied by grace, where would any of us be?

“Let the peace of God rule in your hearts.” (Col. 3:15)


  1. Wasn't that a great message?! Grace and peace to you, my friend.

    1. Yes, it was. Grace and peace to you too. Thanks, Violet!

  2. Hi Bethany,

    Peace and grace... I like the title for God of "The God of Peace" from one of the epistles, and the verse "You will keep in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on you."

    Have a great week,
    Jennifer Dougan

    1. Hi Jennifer. Love that verse as well! So easily, my mind wanders from Him and how big He is. But how quickly He gives His peace when we are mindful of Him. Enjoy your weekend!