The way that we frame things in life makes a world of difference, doesn’t it?

I do not like waking up in the middle of the night.

When my neighbor comes home at 2:30am after bar hoping and wakes me up by slamming doors and shouting – It is the worst offense to me, they are horrible people, my day is ruined.

When my 4-year-old daughter comes into my room and wakes me up with hugs and kisses – It is really cute, she is precious, I love those moments.

Framing makes a difference.

Paul was a leader in the early Jesus Movement. He helped start a number of Jesus communities, and continued to guide them through letters. These letters often addressed serious problems in the young churches. We are fortunate to still have many of these letters to gain wisdom from today.

One of the common pieces that we find in these letters is a greeting of “Grace and Peace.”
Anywhere that Paul sent a letter he framed it with, “Grace and Peace to you from God our Father and Jesus our King.”
Whatever the audience – “Grace and Peace.”
Whatever the relationship – “Grace and Peace.”
Whatever the problem needed addressed – “Grace and Peace.”
Whatever the conversation – “Grace and Peace.”

For Paul, the way of looking at conversations, relationships, and even life itself is through the framing of Grace and Peace. Paul believes Grace and Peace define the way of God in Jesus.

Can you image the difference that framing life in Grace and Peace could make?

Let us begin following Paul’s example and frame our conversations with Grace and Peace.