“Grace be unto you, and peace…”
If I could have but two things in my life, these would be the two: Grace and Peace. What a wonderful way to start out a letter Paul immediately bestows upon the people of Philippi the two things that they need the most – and which we all need the most.
How do I greet people? Most of the time, we go about our daily lives and use the familiar greetings of the day. “Hello”. “How are you today”? “Good morning”. So simple, so right to the point. When was the last time you greeted someone with a blessing like this? What would their reaction be if you did? In most people’s mind, they would think you some type of religious fanatic if you went around saying “Grace and Peace to you”.
So how can we convey these two things in our modern world without others thinking we are some type of lunatic. Perhaps our tone, our manner and, of course, our words would be a good place to start. How do you come across to others? Are you calm, cool and collected, or are you rushed and gruff? Do you speak words of encouragement, or do you simple acknowledge there greeting and go on.
If all the Christians in the world would start greeting people, and carrying on conversations, with grace and peace in mind, imagine how we could change the world. A softer gentler voice would be heard. Words of encouragement would go forth continually. Edification would be a common thing. We would all be uplifted, and the seed would spread not only to our brothers and sisters, but to all around us. We could change the world!
Grace be unto you, and peace. Let these words sink into your everyday existence and become a focused part of your life.
Help me to minister grace and peace to others, Lord. It is so easy to get caught up in the world’s ways, and get lost in the hustle and bustle of life. Help me to slow down and remember that I am a minister of your grace and peace to others.