“May grace (God’s unmerited favor) and spiritual peace [which means peace with God and harmony, unity, and undisturbedness] be yours from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 1:2, AMP).

White dove with olive branch

White dove with olive branch (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What the world needs now is—grace and peace. I changed the words to the familiar song and yes, the world does need love, but in his letters, Paul more often prayed for grace and peace. He didn’t pray for the uneasy truces we have in some parts of the world, or the temporary order imposed by a benevolent leader, which could end with the next election.

God’s grace and peace are different from anything we know in our human experience because they come from his heart, from who he is. The Amplified Bible expands on what Paul meant, giving more life to our inadequate words. His grace is unmerited, undeserved and wholly independent of anything we can do. It’s favor which comes from the character of a being far above our way of thinking and reasoning, and our ideas of what’s just and fair. The peace emanating from God’s heart reflects the perfect harmony and unity of the Father, Son and Spirit. His three-in-one nature knows no discord. In Christ, he has given us his grace and shares his peace. Jesus, who he is and what he gives us, is what we really need.