On one occasion, Jesus told His followers, “Love one another; the world will know you are my disciples when you love one another” (John 13:34-35).
And, on another occasion, Jesus told His disciples, “Peace I give to you….”
So, Jesus wanted His people to be known for grace and peace. Not hatred – but grace and peace. In Ephesians 6 the apostle Paul said,
“Peace be with you, dear brothers and sisters, and may God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you love with faithfulness. May God’s grace be eternally upon all who love our Lord Jesus Christ.”
So grace and peace are two marks of a Christian. Are our lives filled with grace and peace?
Grace means loving one another…forgiving one another…not judging others…being kind to others. Helping others. A person who lives by grace encouragers others…
And we are to be marked by peace. Do you have peace today? A person who is marked by peace is a person who is content…a person who is comfortable in their own skin.
Now, someone may say, a Christian can’t have grace and peace all the time…there are too many things we must stand up for.
And there are times when it’s appropriate to take a stand but even that can be done with grace and peace.
Jesus also said we are to be marked by humility. Humility comes from submitting ourselves to the Lord…from following the example of Jesus.
This is a big world and there lots of different ideas and thoughts. I look at Christians of other denominations and there views on some issues are different from mine. They believe the same Bible I believe. The love the same Lord I do. But they interpret the Bible a little differently than I do. I respect that difference and live with them in grace and peace.
Today….as you go your way…be marked by grace and peace and the love of Christ.