May God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord give you grace, mercy, and peace.
II Timothy 1:2 (NLT)
Could Paul possibly fit any more into one sentence? I don’t think there is a time I read this salutation that I don’t sense a deep stirring in my soul. It stops me dead in my tracks. I don’t need to go any further. It is all here. What else could we possibly need in life? Grace. God’s love, attention, and salvation is given to you freely, just because He wants to. Mercy. God’s forgiveness of your sins and provision for your life when there is no way in this world you deserve it. Peace. Deep in your heart, peace with God and from God, passing all your understanding. What a privilege, what a blessing, what an incredible gift from God. Will you receive it today? Will you agree with Paul? Will you request what God is freely giving, what Christ has graciously provided? May God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord give you grace, mercy, and peace today.
Father, I come now to receive what You so freely offer. I ask to be filled with Your grace, mercy, and peace. Make me so conscious of these gifts that my heart overflows with praise and thanksgiving, and my life reflects the joy of this reality. In Jesus’ name.