Romans 1:7 – To all those in Rome who are loved by God and called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Paul begins His letter to the Romans and in many other letters beginning with grace and peace. Why does grace always precede peace? Because we cannot know the peace of God until we know the grace of God. God’s grace is a free gift given to us that is neither deserved nor earned. It is a gift that is given through Jesus Christ and comes to us by believing and trusting in His finished work on the Cross. We have to understand grace before we can understand God’s peace. Courson explains that, “if you understand grace – that God blesses and gives unconditionally – you’ll stop trying to earn His blessings, and you’ll have peace.”
There are 2 components of peace: Peace with God is God extending His grace to us and saving our souls when we realize our sinful nature and that we need a Savior. But peace with God is different from the peace of God. The peace of God comes by realizing that we don’t have to maintain our relationship with God but that we can rest in the work that is already completed for us. When we truly grasp that we don’t have to “do” all these things for God to be happy with us and bless us, we can experience the peace of God that transcends all understanding. All we have to do is believe and respond and leave the work to Him. Understand, grasp, and take a hold of God’s beautiful grace and let His peace guard and rule your hearts! Amen.
John 14:27 – I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.
Philippians 4:6-7 – Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.