Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 1:3).
Paul begins each of his epistles with these words.
And always in this order.
Grace and Peace
Go ahead and check for yourself. I’ll wait…
See what I mean?
Grace comes first, because without grace there can be no peace.
No peace with God
No peace with family
No peace in your own heart
None of it happens without the grace of God. And why would it? Without grace, you are judged solely on your own merit.
And you know how far that gets you.
Nope, peace is not something you can earn or deserve or accomplish.
You can’t get there, but you can be there.
Oh, of course you know all that already, you being so spiritual and all.
But Paul seems to think it’s worth the reminder, and who am I to argue?
Walk in grace, Beloved. And know peace.