“Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” (2 Corinthians 1:2 NASB)
Paul begins ten of his letters this way. Peter prayed that grace and peace be multiplied to his readers and hearers and John begins God’s revelation as a message of grace and peace with promised blessing.
“Blessed is the one who reads, and to those who hear the words of the prophecy and keep the things that are written in it; for the time is near.
John to the seven churches that are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from Him who is, and who was, and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before His throne, and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To Him who loves us and released us from our sins by His blood—” (Revelation 1:3-5 NASB)
The world now appears to have hundreds of rushing rivers of anxiety. Persecution, war, death, destruction, inflation, plague and fears of famine greet us or promise to come. Little of what is heard is trustworthy. Paid liars support the agendas of the criminally insane. Justice goes wanting, and corruption is rewarded. Humans lacking the common attributes of humanity are blights on our societies. Children are assaulted by the violent and perverse. These are the conditions that attack the spirits of the unsaved. No better time to tell others of God’s grace and peace.
“Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, for His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.” (2 Peter 1:2-3 NASB)