GOD WITH US – GRACE AND PEACE

Ephesians 1:2

Grace and Peace to you from God Our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ!

GRACE (God’s Unmerited Favor)

Think about this: God's Favor towards us! Towards me! God's Favor!!!

(Unmerited = Gift I didn’t earn it, I receive it! God's Favor!)

Grace = Favor is {special, privileged, superior}, treatment shown to somebody. Favor denotes acceptance, approval and pleasure.

If we gain favor with someone — we might say, get into their “good graces” – we have special access to them and we receive something from them.)

AND PEACE, (Harmony with God, Undisturbedness with God)

to you from God Our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ!

Read Luke 15:11-23

This is the story of the prodigal son. Grace is not a license to stay in sin. The son lost everything when he left the Father's presence and did life the way he wanted to do life. He lost EVERYTHING!

When he decided to go back to the Father, GRACE and PEACE were there! The Father's FAVOR and the Father's relationship.

Stay close to the Father's presence. How?

·         Meditate on the Bible even when your flesh doesn't want to.

·         Talk to God, Praise and Worship God, Ask God:  We call that Prayer.

·         Go to church. Be close to other Christians. FORGIVE, RIGHT AWAY!

When you sin, don't run from God, run to Him! Grace and Peace are there in His presence. Receive and enjoy.

God Bless

Pastor Ed Langeliers, Jr.