But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus
Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.
2 peter 3:18 ESV
Peter is asking us to grow in grace and in Knowledge of our Lord.
Lets define Grace & Knowledge.
1a : unmerited divine assistance given humans for their regeneration or sanctification
b : a virtue coming from God
c : a state of sanctification enjoyed through divine assistance
2a : approval, favor stayed in his good graces
b archaic : mercy, pardon
c : a special favor : privilege each in his place, by right, not grace, shall rule his heritage — Rudyard Kipling
d : disposition to or an act
or instance of kindness, courtesy, or clemencye : a temporary exemption : reprieve
3a : a charming or attractive
trait or characteristic Among disagreeable qualities he possessed the saving
grace of humor.
b : a pleasing appearance or effect : charm all the grace of youth — John Buchan
c : ease and suppleness (see 1supple 2b) of movement or bearing danced with such grace
4 —used as a title of address or reference for a duke, a duchess, or an archbishop
5 : a short prayer at a meal asking a blessing or giving thanks
6 Graces plural : three sister goddesses in Greek mythology who are the givers of charm and beauty
7 : a musical trill, turn, or appoggiatura
8a : sense of propriety or right had the grace not to run for elective office — Calvin Trillin
b : the quality or state of being considerate or thoughtful accepted his advice with grace
1a : the fact or condition of knowing something with familiarity gained through experience or association (2) : acquaintance with or understanding of a science, art, or technique
b : the fact or condition of being aware of something (2) : the range of one’s information or understanding answered to the best of my knowledge
c : the circumstance or condition of apprehending truth or fact through reasoning : cognition
d : the fact or condition of having information or of being learned a person of unusual knowledge
2a : the sum of what is known : the body of truth, information, and principles acquired by humankind
So now that we have defined Grace and knowledge now what?
Many of can be kind but many are not gracious. We need to grow and be more gracious, more loving more Christ like in our walk. We need to grow in Grace in the name of Jesus to walk in his walk. As defined above grace is a quality or state of being. Grace and being gracious is a virtue given to us by God. That characteristic about us, and about our faith needs to grow just like any other aspect of our life and spiritual life.
Knowledge: how do we grow in the knowledge of Christ?
You the saying knowledge is power? Knowledge and the ability to gain, retain and fundamentally use knowledge is beyond powerful. Knowing the scriptures of the old and new testament can be beneficial to one’s spiritual growth. Knowing the scriptures is helpful to b locating false prophets or false teachings in the name of God.
Knowledge in the academic setting allows you to advancements, scholarships and so forth right?
Knowledge in the professional setting can lead to promotions and economic benefits that many dream of.
Spiritual knowledge gets a reward unlike those of the academic setting of professional setting.
Knowledge in Christ nourishes the soul.
knowledge in Christ provides growth.
knowledge in his word prevents you being misled, betrayed, misguided.
knowledge in the world allows you to grow spiritually,.
knowledge in the word allows you to grow and build a better relations hip with Christ.
Being knowledgeable, being gracious, all in the honor of Christ can take you to places you could only dream of.
This scripture reminded me of a post I previously wrote about on Knowledge….
“Some of us may feel inadequate (I know at times I have felt this
way). Some of us may feel unprepared (I have definitely felt this way).
Some may feel unqualified….. as have I.”
we need to be gracious, we need to be lovable, we need to be knowledgeable but know the knowledge you need God will provide for us.
He will nourish, he will shelter, he will make us adequate.
Remember too that the knowledge will pass as long as we are doing his will.
Keep doing his will.
Keep walking his path.
Keep searching for more with him, he will supply everything you need to be gracious and knowledgeable in his name.
Father God I thank you for always proving the knowledge needed to do
your will. I thank you for allowing me to have a direct contact with you
via the Holy Spirit to be able to make such requests. I ask that you
continue to satisfy my hunger in all things pertaining you, may you
continue to pour out the knowledge and tools needed to carry out your
will. I ask you to fill me with your grace, fill me with your compassion, fill me with your love,fill me with your knowledge, fill me with the wisdom needed to take on the task you place before me. You are my strength when I am weak, you are my shelter in the storm. Amen.