17 I, Paul, write this greeting in my own hand, which is the distinguishing mark in all my letters. This is how I write.
18 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. 2 Thessalonians 3:17-18
Paul ended this letter with a blessing he’s used throughout all of his writings. He also wanted them to know he wasn’t dictating it but writing it by hand. It would be the modern day equivalent of writing a personal letter or note card instead of an email or letter typed.
Traditionally in Greek culture, the writer would give a salutation and farewell similar to this. However, Paul used both peace and grace in his salutation and parting as means of surrounding his text with blessing. It’s subtle but effective. Peace and Grace were what they needed.
Pray these blessings liberally over your friends and family, and watch them grow because of it.