10 March 2010
Today’s Reading: Deuteronomy 13-15; Galatians 1
3 So I greet you with the great words, grace and peace! 4 We know the meaning of those words because Jesus Christ rescued us from this evil world we’re in by offering himself as a sacrifice for our sins. God’s plan is that we all experience that rescue. 5 Glory to God forever! Oh, yes! (Galatians 1:3-5 MSG)
Paul greeted the Galatian churches with Great Words, Grace and Peace. He could have greeted them with small words like, “How’s it going? Is the weather as bad there as it has been here?” He could have greeted them with words like, “How many people were in church last weekend? Are the offerings holding up ok?” He could have said, “You guys are messed up! When I heard about the whole legalism thing you’ve got going on, I about freaked out!”
Actually he did get right down to business in the next few paragraphs and he didn’t pull any punches. But Paul greeted his brothers and sisters in the churches of Galatia with the Great Words, Grace and Peace.
This makes me think about my words. Makes me think about how I greet people and how I start conversations and how I launch into the things we need to talk about or deal with.
I want to be a man who greets people with the Great Words, Grace and Peace. No matter what needs to be addressed, no matter where the conversation must go, let’s start with Grace and Peace. Like Paul, I'm learning to live out the meaning of those words more and more. The settled peace that I find as I rely more on Him and less on me helps me to realize the breadth and depth of God's love for me in Jesus Christ.
Friends, this morning I greet you with the Great Words, Grace and Peace. May you and I learn the meaning of those Great Words a little more deeply as this day unfolds. Glory to God forever! Oh, yes!
This is the day I have been given. These are the hours of my day. Thank you God for this day and for my life. Amen.