2 John 1:3 (NKJV) Grace, mercy,and peace will be with you from God the Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love.
Today I am thankful for God’s grace, mercy and peace in my life. I am going to list the meanings for these words to help show how much we all need grace, mercy and peace in our daily lives and how loving our God is to provide them to us. Below I have listed definitions for grace, mercy and peace from Webster’s Dictionary 1828.
GRACE – Favor; good will; kindness; disposition to oblige another; as a grant made as an act of grace. Appropriately, the free unmerited love and favor of God, the spring and source of all the benefits men receive from him. Favorable influence of God. The application of Christ’s righteousness to the sinner. A state of reconciliation to God. Favor; mercy; pardon.
We need God’s favor when we deal with people throughout our day. I pray for favor with those I come in contact with each day: co-workers, customers, people who wait on me and with family. We need favor just to get along peacefully. Praise God we have His free unmerited love and favor.
MER’CY- That benevolence, mildness or tenderness of heart which disposes a person to overlook injuries, or to treat an offender better than he deserves; the disposition that tempers justice, and induces an injured person to forgive trespasses and injuries, and to forbear punishment, or inflict less than law or justice will warrant.
I don’t know about you but I need mercy in my life. God always treats us better than we deserve. This reminds me that I need to treat others with mercy if I want to be treated that way.
PEACE – In a general sense, a state of quiet or tranquility; freedom from disturbance or agitation; applicable to society, to individuals, or to the temper of the mind. Freedom from war with a foreign nation; public quiet. Freedom from internal commotion or civil war. Freedom from private quarrels, suits or disturbance. Freedom from agitation or disturbance by the passions, as from fear, terror, anger, anxiety or the like; quietness of mind; tranquility; calmness; quiet of conscience.
I want peace in my life. If you notice in these definitions peace is freedom. When we are at peace we trade agitation or disturbance by the passions, as from fear, terror, anger, anxiety and in exchange we have quietness of mind; tranquility; calmness. Freedom from worry, we have trusted in our God to deliver us. I think that’s a pretty good trade.
If you lack grace, mercy and peace in your life, pray and ask God for it. Then do what He tells you to do in the times when you have opportunity to choose something other than grace, mercy and peace sometimes we have to make changes ourselves to have this in our lives but, the good news is that God helps us and teaches us how to do this. When we follow His Word we always have the reward of grace, mercy and peace. Praise God!