Last week the study of 1 Thessalonians began Wednesday night and Thursday morning. Between these two groups of women we are 60 strong and we represent the USA and Haiti. I have decided to ask our Haitian sister in Christ to do all the Bible reading. Not really, although her voice is awesome to hear. Sigh.
As I have spent much time over the summer reading and studying this letter on my own I am now in the midst of studying it with a group and I love doing that!
Recently, you can tell by my posts that I have been somewhat stressed. Yesterday was a better day. So, as I sat down to read 1 Thess again I got stuck on the first verse with two small, yet powerful words.
As Paul is writing this letter to these believers in the church in Thessalonica, he sends them a traditional greeting.
When was the last time someone greeted you this way? Better yet, when was the last time you greeted others this way? Moreso, when was the last time you offered grace and peace to yourself? We don’t necessarily have to say it. We could show it!
When stressed to the max and when disappointment in yourself abounds, maybe you need to extend a bit of grace to yourself. When others are the reason for your troubled state of mind, maybe a bit of grace extended to them would help you to relinquish your desire to control a situation or a person.
When grace abounds, peace exists so often. Theologically speaking, God’s grace is the basis for our peace as believers.
After all, He is the ultimate example for what grace truly looks like and is. It is God giving me what I do not deserve, eternal redemption for sinful me through the atoning sacrifice of His sinless Son, Jesus.
So, my sweet blog readers, I greet you in the name of Jesus Christ today! Grace and peace to you.
Soli Deo Gloria! (SDG)