2 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
After Paul identified himself in verse one, he greets the people with “grace and peace”. Letter writing is pretty much a thing of the past. In today’s society of social media, email and cell phones, writing letters is rarely used as a form of communication. Instead, we send quick emails, tweet a few characters or text a message full of abbreviations. When was the last time you received a handwritten note or letter? When was the last time you wrote a note or letter by hand?
Something has been lost with the lack of writing letters to communicate. It takes more time and more thought to sit down and write a letter by hand than it does to send an email, tweet, Facebook post or text. This is especially true when it comes to greetings. In much of our communication today we don’t even have a greeting.
Paul’s greeting sets the tone for the rest of his communication. Paul uses grace and peace as a greeting in many of his letters. In addition to offering grace and peace to the recipients of this letter, he offers it on behalf of God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ. Paul recognizes the source of grace and peace in his life. In doing so, Paul is acknowledging grace and peace come from God and Jesus. When was the last time you experienced God’s grace or peace? Who do you know could benefit from experiencing His grace and peace today?
The challenge I have for you this weekend is to write a letter or note to someone who could benefit from some encouragement today; not an email or a text, but a handwritten note or card. It does take more time, but I think it can be more meaningful as well. It will require you to slow down and take time to formulate your thoughts. Spend sometime in prayer and see who the Lord would have you extend His grace and peace to through a letter or note. I’m not suggesting we stop writing emails or sending texts, simply that we take the time to do something different and see who we can bless through it today.