To all who are beloved of God in Rome, called as saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
There is so much to learn about grace. Out of all the books in the New Testament, Romans has grace show up in 21 passages. It speaks of the abundance of grace, how we have justification by grace, the gift of grace given, grace reigning through righteousness, the grace of God and the grace of Jesus. It boldly contrasts grace and the law and lovingly uses it as a salutation, “Grace to you and peace…”. Grace is kindness, it causes favorable regard and has divine influence upon the heart. The summation of grace is God’s redemptive mercy, the pleasure HE designs for the recipient.
This five-letter word packs a powerful punch. Likewise, grace shows up in our everyday lives in the smallest of gestures and in the most powerful way through Christ.
Our LORD divinely demonstrated grace by bearing the penalty of everyone’s sins and giving His own life to pay in full a debt no one could ever pay.
We can see grace in our lives every day. Grace is drawing breath, having a job, having a spouse, a friend, a family, a church. We can demonstrate and extend grace to others. When we allow another driver to merge in front of us, not repaying evil for evil, paying for a stranger’s meal, meeting the needs of a missionary we’ve never met, these things demonstrate grace.
But to each one of us grace has been given as
Christ apportioned it. Ephesians 4:7
Pause and thank God for His grace given to you. Appreciate the joy to be able to extend grace to others, through His strength. What a beautiful way to greet someone, “Grace to you and peace!”.