“To Timothy my true son in the faith: Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.” 1 Timothy 1:2.
Paul expresses his love and commitment to Timothy, his true son in the faith. Faith in Jesus Christ is the foundation of Christianity and its believers are blessed with the grace, mercy and peace of God.
1) Grace. Grace is favor, benevolence, kindness, and prosperity. It describes the approval of God for all those who place their trust in Him as God their Father and Christ Jesus their Savior. The hymn Amazing Grace is probably one of the best know hymns in the world today and was written by a repentance ex-slave trader.
2) Mercy. Mercy means pardon, forgiveness, and compassion towards an offender. Fr. Jack McArdle tells a story about God’s forgiveness: “Imagine when you die and Jesus comes to meet you and shows you a video of your entire life. On the video you see all the good things you did. But there are also a number of blanks on the tape. You ask why there are such blanks on the tape of your life. Jesus tells you these were the times when you sinned and asked for God’s mercy.” When God forgives he completely blanks out our sins and does not remember them anymore.
3) Peace. Peace is the consequence that comes from grace and mercy at work in our lives. Peace with God comes when we ask God to forgive us from our sins. The Peace of God comes because our conscience is clear of all guilt, shame, and fear.
Your have triple blessing from God. Rejoice and be glad as God’s banner over you is love.
God’s grace, mercy, and peace is my triple blessing from God that makes me blessed and highly favored.
Read the Bible in One Year: Psalm 132-134; 1 Corinthians 11:17-34.