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2.5.17 – 1 Cor 1:3

Peace, lots of things come to mind with that word. As a child of the 70’s that word was quite popular as was the sign that goes with it. What does this word mean to you? The best definition I found was the word, Harmony. However, one word definitions beg for more definition. I have no doubt that we all want peace, but on what or whose terms? …….Generally ours and ours.
In Paul’s letter to the Corinthian church he begins with a customary greeting. At face value it might seem like nothing of importance; Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ ~ 1 Corinthians 1:3. Notice the order of the two greetings, Grace then Peace. Paul uses this greeting 35 times in his writings. While seemingly insignificant it makes a huge statement. Grace must always come before Peace. If we are to live in peace with ourselves we must first accept the Grace that is offered by Christ. If we are to live in peace with others we must extend grace to them. Linski said, “without Grace there can and be no Peace”. Like so many other things in life, when we seek peace on our terms it rarely happens. However, when we surrender and seek peace through God’s grace, it is always granted! Amen!