I find it interesting that over and over again in the New Testament that Paul prays for his readers to have grace and peace.
Romans 1:7 I am writing to all of you in Rome who are loved by God and are called to be his own holy people. May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.
I think the reason he prays for grace and peace is because one is the outward expression of Christ’s work on the cross and one is the inward expression of it.
GRACE is the power of Christ that saves me and keeps me. It is the power that enables me to live out that which God has called me to do. 2 Corinthians 12:9 says, “Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.
PEACE is the inward calming of the Holy Spirit that allows me to continue when my circumstances don’t line up with my calling. Jesus said in John 14:27 says, Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.
When both grace and peace work in tandem, I am equipped and I feel confident to carry out the work that God has called me to do. I am unstoppable as a wife, as a mother, as a friend, daughter, sister, pastor’s wife, and as a leader.
Here’s what this looks like…
As a leader when I need to have a tough conversation with someone, God’s peace gives me the confidence, God’s grace gives me the words.
When I am hurt, God’s peace tells me to forgive, God’s grace enables me to pray for the person who hurt me.
When faced with a difficult parenting situation, God’s peace whispers to me that I am the best person to raise this child, God’s grace gives me wisdom to handle the situation.
Jesus said He is the good father who loves to give good gifts to His children (Matthew 7:11). If you ask for grace and peace, He will give it, and you will be unstoppable.