Read: 2 Timothy 1:1-10
The words grace and peace are found in all of Paul’s greetings in his New Testament letters to the churches. And in his letters to Timothy and Titus, he also includes mercy: “Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord” (2 Tim. 1:2). Let us examine each of these words.
Grace is what our holy God gives that we, as sinful people, don’t deserve. In Acts 17:25, we read that “…He gives to all life, breath, and all things.” His gifts include our very next breath. Even in our darkest hour, strength is given by God so that we can endure. Salvation in Jesus Christ by grace through faith is His gracious gift (Eph. 2:8).
Mercy is what God withholds that we do deserve. In Lam. 3:22, we read, “Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed.” Even when we are wayward, God gives time and help for us to turn back to Him.
Peace is what God brings to His people. Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you” (John 14:27). Even in the worst of times, we have inner calmness because our God is in control.
We can be encouraged that throughout our lives the Lord will give us the grace, mercy, and peace we need to live for Him. It is good to know that God’s grace is immeasurable, His mercy is inexhaustible, and His peace is inexpressible.