Daily Devotion Feb.11,2023

Marie’s daily verse: Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. PHILIPPIANS 4:8-9

DAILY DEVOTION, February 11, 2022

Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 1:3).

These are the usual words you find in Paul’s letters as he begins to write. They are found in Romans 1:7; 2 Corinthians 1:2; Galatians 1:3; Ephesians 1:2, Philippians 1:2, and Colossians 1:2. Over and over, Paul greets the churches with “grace and peace.” I think there is a reason behind the word order. Grace always comes first. It is that wonderful word that reminds us that God has chosen to deal with us graciously. We do not deserve to be treated well by God, but in spite of that fact, He deals with us with grace. Jesus came to us as the ultimate manifestation of God’s grace. We deserve judgment, but we receive forgiveness. That is grace.

Peace follows grace. There is no peace in our hearts if we forget the grace of God. The more we reflect on God’s grace, the more His peace floods our souls. Those who have never received the grace of God will never know peace. Think about God’s grace when you are troubled. His peace will then come to you like a ray of sunshine beaming into your heart.

Father, I am so appreciative of Your grace and peace. You have been good to me when I did not deserve it. Your peace fills my soul. Blessed be Your name in the name of Jesus, Amen.

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