Paul and Timothy, bond-servants of Christ Jesus, To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi, including the overseers and deacons: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
(Philippians 1:1-2 NASB)
Paul concludes his opening greeting to the Philippians by offering them “grace” and “peace”. The order here is important. Grace must precede peace. We cannot have peace in our lives without first recognizing and accepting the grace of God.
Notice, too, that grace and peace come from God. They do not come from wishful thinking, political correctness, or from the United Nations. No human being can create peace. It must originate from God’s grace.
A big concern I have is how rapidly the United States has been moving recently to eliminate any and all references to the Bible from our culture, thinking that will bring peace and harmony to our nation. But this will never work.
Over the past several decades this country has made decisions that go against God’s plan for successful living such as legalizing pornography and abortion. We’ve also removed Him from our culture by making it illegal to pray in schools or to mention Jesus’ name in the military. We think we are making our country a better place. But the evidence is overwhelming to the contrary. During this time we’ve seen our crime rate rise, we’ve seen our leaders become more corrupt, and we’ve made poor financial decisions (among other problems). Our reputation as a world leader is in free fall and our economy is stagnating.
Removing God does not lead to peace. It leads to destruction. God is the only source of peace.
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