Paul began each letter he wrote with a greeting. They were not carbon copies but letters that conveyed the passion in his life. Many times you might be tempted to say, let me skip over the introduction. After all, how many ways can you say, Grace and Peace my brothers. But as you look into his greetings, they are not a stop to say hello and move on. His greetings packed a punch.
In the book of 2 Corinthians, he began by saying that he was an apostle by the will of God. You might wonder what is so deep about that. Remember, some people appoint themselves in the roles of leadership in the church. But I love the way Paul greeted the members with grace. This grace comes from God and makes a difference in our lives.
The KJV Dictionary defines grace as the free unmerited love and favor of God, the spring and source of all the benefits men receive from him. When Paul talked about grace in Romans 11:6 he said, “And since it is through God’s kindness, then it is not by their good works. For in that case, God’s grace would not be what it really is—free and undeserved.”
Paul understood the importance of God’s grace towards mankind. In Ephesians 2:8 he said, “God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God.“ God extends saving grace. Titus 2:11 says, “For the grace of God has been revealed, bringing salvation to all people.” God’s grace is freely given. It doesn’t stop there because God continues to pour His grace into our lives. There is an old hymn that talks about God and His Grace.
He Giveth More Grace
He giveth more grace when the burdens grow greater
He sendeth more strength when the labors increase
To added affliction He addeth His mercy
To multiplied trials His multiplied peace
His love has no limit, His grace has no measure
His pow’r has no boundary known unto men
For out of His infinite riches in Jesus
He giveth, and giveth, and giveth again
When we have exhausted our store of endurance
When our strength has failed ere the day is half done
When we reach the end of our hoarded resources
Our Father’s full giving is only begun
While God’s grace is freely given, it becomes the responsibility of every one of us to to accept the gift of God’s saving grace. Thank God for His wonderful grace!