II John 3 “Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, the Father’s Son, will be with us in truth and love.”
My daughter loves getting presents that are wrapped in real wrapping paper. Though gift bags are nice, she likes the feel of the paper tearing in her hands. She takes her time, and relishes the unwrapping of a gift as much as she enjoys the gift itself. The gift, when she finally discovers it, is even more special because she enjoyed the discovery process so much!
Grace . . . mercy . . . peace . . . what wonderful gifts God has given to us! And they are all wrapped up in His love, just waiting to be discovered by us. Grace is good things given to those who don’t really deserve them. Mercy is punishment withheld from those who deserve it. Peace is that wonderful feeling of being loved, of being satisfied, of being at rest. These beautiful gifts are given to us from God, and from His Son, Jesus Christ.
So many of us spend our lives trying to find good things, trying to find peace, trying to avoid punishment. But isn’t it a silly waste of time to pursue those things which God gives so freely? All we need to do is stay close to God, and He will give us the things that our souls and spirits so long for.
Dear Father, Thank you for your grace, mercy and peace. Please help me to experience these gifts by staying close to You.