1 Corinthians 1:3 (AV)
3 Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
Grace is Paul’s common formula for greeting his readers. The Greek word “charis” is translated as “favor” in some familiar passages such as Luke 1:30 “Fear not, Mary, for thou hast found favor with God.” And, Luke 5:52, “And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.” In other passages the same word is translated, gracious, thank, pleasure, liberality, thankworthy, and acceptable. In the context of the sentence in vs. 1:3, it indicates divine favor.
Along with grace comes peace. Our world longs for peace, but it cannot be achieved by man striving for it. True, lasting peace comes from God through the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus is the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6). Paul could be giving a general greeting, or he could be foreshadowing what he is planning on writing to the Corinthians in his letter. Does this church need grace and peace?
The word peace used by Paul can certainly mean harmony in personal relationships. Certainly, Paul admonished the Ephesians to “keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (Ephesians 4:3).
Make it your prayer today, “Lord, may I have grace and peace from you, and may you bestow it on my church. Amen.”