God’s Grace, Peace, Mercies, And Comfort

2 Corinthians 1:2-3–Grace be to you and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.  Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort.

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God’s Grace–Grace is an expression of God’s love for us.  It is not based on our works or merit but on the divine character of God.  It is not because or our goodness but it is the result of the Goodness of God.  It is free and universal.  It is for everyone regardless of our position in this life.  It is for the Jew and the Gentile as well as the rich and the poor.  Praise God it is for me and it is for you.  God’s grace is expressed through what he does for us.  Here we see three expressions of God’s grace–peace, mercy, and comfort.  Let us examine these and see what God wants to do for us.

 

God’s Peace–God’s gives us a freedom from conflict and strife, bringing harmony and concord.  It is also a state of mind and emotions.  Being God’s peace, it is supernatural, exceeding that normal peace which man experiences, and it passing all understanding.

1.  It is a peace related to our relationships with God and with others.  He gives this peace that our relationships will be harmonious; that they will be orderly and pleasing through the unity of our feelings, thoughts, ideas, and interests.

2.   It is also related to our inward feelings.  It is an experience of calmness, quietness, and serenity beyond anything we have experienced naturally.  It is a freedom from fear, anxiety, and worry.  It is a peace given to us by God; it is God’s peace.

 

God’s Mercy–Mercy is an expression of God’s kindness and blessing in excess of what we might expect.  God’s mercy has two aspects.

1.   What He feels for us–He is touched by the feeling of our infirmities, suffering, and misfortune because of His deep love for us.  He has sympathy and empathy with the misery we are going through.  Because of His love for us there is an intellectual and emotional identification with us on God’s part.

2.   What He does for us–He is MOVED to act on behalf of us because of the compassion He has for us.  It is the outward manifestation of His pity for us.  He ministers to us to take care of our needs.  And his resources are more than adequate to meet our needs.

 

God’s Comfort–God soothes us during our distress and sorrow, bringing relief and ease of mind.  He does this in two ways.

1.  He does this through the awareness of His presence.  God’s presence has a calming effect on us that brings relief from that which is bothering us.

2.   He also does this through His word; both the written word and that which the Holy Spirit speaks to us and brings to our remembrance.

 

Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow