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Grace Is More Than Hello

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Grace be to you and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Corinthians 1:2

This is a common Greek and Hebrew greeting which Paul used as well as Peter. It is more than saying hello. It desires grace and peace for the hearer. The hearer must receive it as well.

It doesn’t just come from the speaker, in this case, Paul, but it is grace from God and Jesus. Grace is transferred from the head to the body—from Jesus to the Church.

Can we speak this blessing to others? Our words are alive. They are even more alive when we say what God says. “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword…” (Hebrews 4:12)

“Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.” (Romans 12:14) Both Jesus and Paul say to bless people. Blessing someone imparts grace to the hearer. It imparts peace into the situation. It doesn’t mean the person automatically becomes your friend and not your enemy just because you bless them. It does open them up to God working in their life.

“So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:11) If you send forth God’s Word, it will do what God desires it to do.

Grace is not just a word. Grace is a person. When you bless someone with grace, You are calling Jesus into their life—calling Jesus on the scene. It is the grace and peace of God. It is the grace and peace of Jesus.

Think of this salutation as more than the opening of Paul’s letters. Think of this as an important greeting that imparts grace to the hearer. It isn’t just for the first century; it’s for today as well. Grace and peace to you.