Four Key Words

Tom McCrossan

READ : Ephesians 6:23-24

Peace to believers through Christ who “himself is our peace. . . . For through him we [all] have access to the Father by one Spirit” (Eph. 2:14, 18). When I think of peace I think of oneness of heart and a feeling of mutual goodwill without suspicion, fear or resentment. It is never automatic; it requires much effort (Eph. 4:3).

This peace can only be maintained by

Love

with

Faith.

What a vibrant reality these two inseparable partners create. Paul gave continual thanks for be lievers in Ephesus ever since he heard of their

faith

in the Lord Jesus and “. . .

love

for all God’s people” (1:15, cev). Faith is the backbone of love; love is the heart and soul of faith. Love without faith will not go the distance. Faith without love can be hard, offensive and divisive.

We need

Grace

to keep it all together! “God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his

grace

, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by

grace

you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God. . . .” (Eph. 2:6-8).

PRAYER

I love you, Lord, with all that I am by your grace. I thank you for peace, faith, love and grace. Amen.