How to receive grace and peace:
Grace is a gift and peace a fruit of the Spirit.
These two highly sought after attributes of God’s character are given in different measures according to the depth of relationship with Jesus.
Ephesians 4:7 But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.
However, our indivudual measure can actually be multiplied; in fact, we are commanded to grow in grace:
2Peter 3:18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.
Grace and peace are mentioned together 17 times in this effect:
Philemon 1:3 Grace to you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
But only twice are grace and peace multiplied; Once with sanctification through obedience:
1Peter 1:2 Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.
And once with knowledge of God and Jesus:
2Peter 1:2 Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,
The fear of the Lord generates both wisdom and understanding which, in turn, multiply grace and peace.
Obedience generates wisdom; and knowledge of the Holy generates understanding:
Pro 9:10 KJV The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.
Make no mistake, the fear of the Lord is the basis for all spiritual growth; it births wisdom, knowledge and understanding: the very building blocks of grace and peace.
Choose to obey the Lord in every word and action and your life will be infiltrated with grace and peace.
After all, the Lord is the source of everything spiritual; both the building blocks for growth, as well as the results.
Proverbs 2:6 For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.
2Corinthians 9:8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work: