“To God’s elect, strangers in the world…who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and sprinkling by His blood:
Grace and peace be yours in abundance” (1 Peter 1:1, 2).
In a world filled with strife and pain, evil deeds and selfishness, Peter blesses us with two gifts from God that we require daily.
Grace. It is that amazing love God shows us, the unmerited favor He pours out on us. By God’s grace we experience forgiveness of sins, as well as the strength and hope we need to live in this fallen world.
Peace. A sense of rest that resides deep inside us, it is the God given ability to live in harmony with those around us, to know a calmness and serenity that is independent of circumstance.
This reminder is not just that grace and peace are available to us, but that they are ours in abundance because of what Christ has done for us.
God doesn’t stingily dole out peace in tiny fragments. He doesn’t withhold grace because we have already used up our weekly allotment. No, He abundantly heaps grace and peace on us, because we can never reach the end of God’s glorious supply.
God of heaven and earth, we stand in awe of Your goodness. Thank you that “grace and peace are [ours] in abundance through the knowledge of You and of Jesus our Lord” (2 Peter 1:2). I pray for women and men everywhere who read this today. Remind them that regardless of what they have done in the past they can have grace through Jesus today. Pour out Your peace on those who are in difficult situations. In their grief and pain and fear fill them with Your abundant peace. Amen.
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Questions: When have you experienced God’s grace and peace in abundance? Why is it good to be reminded that grace and peace are ours in abundance?
About the Author Suzanne Benner