Paul continues his opening thoughts of his letter to the Christians in Rome. “And you are included among those Gentiles who have been called to belong to Jesus Christ. I am writing to all of you in Rome who are loved by God and are called to be His own holy people. May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.” Romans 1:6,7 NLT

“Called to belong to Jesus Christ….Loved by God… Called to be His own holy people…” O the inclusiveness, and the loving care of God the Father and of Jesus Christ! We who are not of the Jewish race have nevertheless been chosen and adopted into His family– a work in progress, to be sure, being made glorious and holy and completely at home in the family of God.

Paul blesses these Christians with grace and peace, both from God the Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ. The Grace of God is sufficient for us, shown to be perfect even in our greatest weakness, and it is available to us every moment of every day. And the Peace of God keeps guard over our hearts and minds through Christ Jesus, as we, without giving way to anxiety, bring our prayers and requests to Him with thanksgiving. (See 2 Corinthians 12:9 and Philippians 4:6)

Days will be difficult; we will need His Grace to get through them. We are not given all the grace that we need for the rest of our lives all at once, but whenever we need His Grace, Jesus is there with us to supply it. We will go through difficulties and turmoil and heartache in this life, but the Peace of God is with us, the peace that comes from knowing that He is with us, and we are where He wants us to be, even in the midst of the battle.

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