Peace has been on my mind. Has it been on yours?

Last Friday’s headline in the USA Today was “World in Crisis.” The article was especially about the plane shot out of the sky over Ukraine., but there’s so much more. Israel. Iran. Afghanistan. Iraq. Russia. North Korea. Our border.

Things closer to home: Friends are watching as their parents slip away. Kids are grieving the breakup of parents’ marriages. Many are confused and have major decisions to make.

External peace is a definite challenge. Internal peace is possible. It’s found in a real relationship with Jesus Christ, God’s Son, based on faith in Him and not in our works. Without my trust in Christ and love for God, I can’t imagine who I’d be or where I’d be. I hope you know Him, too. If not, please check out one of my favorite resources for explaining the free gift of eternal life.

In yesterday’s sermon at a friend’s church, Pastor John Batusic reminded us all that peace can be more than an absence of conflict. In Christ, it can be a total wellbeing. TOTAL.

Paul was inspired by the Holy Spirit to write many books of the New Testament. Look how he ends them. I pray these words from God encourage you now. (Years ago, the first time I noticed these themes, I had chills.)

  • Peace – total wellbeing because of faith in Christ.
  • Grace – the favor of God we don’t deserve. Notice how often Paul connects this beautiful gift to peace.
  • Mercy – not being punished when we deserve to be. God’s compassion and lovingkindness. It’s connected to.

If you desire peace, turn to Christ. He freely offers it and so much more.

“Grace and peace to you from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ.” (Romans 1:7b)

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

“The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you.” (1 Corinthians 16:23)

“Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” (2 Corinthians 1:2)

“May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.” (2 Corinthians 13:14)

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

“The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brothers. Amen.” (Galatians 6:18)

“Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” (Ephesians 1:2)

“Peace to the brothers, and love with faith from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.  Grace to all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with an undying love.” (Ephesians 6:23-24)

“Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 1:2)

“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.” (Philippians 4:23)

“Grace and peace to you from God our Father.” (Colossians 1:2b)

“Grace be with you.” (Colossians 4:18c)

“Grace and peace to you.” (I Thessalonians 1:1b)

Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.”  (2 Thessalonians 1:2)

“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.” (2 Thessalonians 3:18)

“Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.” (1 Timothy 1:2b)

“Grace be with you.” (1 Timothy 6:21b)

“Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.” (2 Timothy 1:2)

“Grace be with you.” (2 Timothy 4:22b)

“Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior.”(Titus 1:4b)

“Grace be with you all.” (Titus 3:15c)

“Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” (Philemon 3)

“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.” (Philemon 25)

“Grace be with you all.” (Hebrews 13:25)

“Grace and peace be yours in abundance.” (1 Peter 1:2 b)

“Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.” (2 Peter 1:2)

“Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  To Him be glory both now and forever! Amen” (2 Peter 3:18)

“Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, the Father’s Son, will be with us in truth and love.” (2 John 1:3)

“Grace and peace to you from him who is, and who was, and who is to come.” (Revelation 1:4b)

“The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people.” (Revelation 22:21)