2 Peter 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.“
Many critics of the Bible say that it is a book of rules, judgment, and death. Others see the Bible as love, mercy, forgiveness, and grace. In truth, it is both.
The Sovereign God who wrote what we hold in our hands today has balanced his rules with promises, judgment with mercy and grace, and death with salvation and the security of Heaven.
In Peter’s general epistle, he admonishes the reader of all he was given to make them aware. But in the end, we find this nugget of wisdom:
“But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”
Which begs the question, ‘How do I grow in grace?’
Grace is not something that is earned; it is a gift given. In this simple statement, we are to not only grow in grace but are given the means to acquire it.
You see, the more I know my God, the closer I become to Him.
The more I know, the more in awe of Him I become.
The more I know of Him, the greater my love grows for Him.
The more I know of Him, my thankfulness and gratitude grow.
He tells us:
James 4:6-8 “But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.”
At first, we must be humble. In our humility, we are to don submission as a garment of beauty. Having our eyes opened to righteousness, we can easily discern evil by the Holy Spirit.
Resisting the devil is to fight the evil within and without. Our fleshly nature will be with us until this body lies in the ground and our soul and spirit rise to our home in glory. The fight we wage is constant. Our warfare is not against flesh and blood.
Ephesians 6:11-12 “Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”
Our fight is not with the man or woman who opposes us. It is the bondage that holds them. It is the spiritual blindness and the chords of their sin that hold them back. Without the Holy Spirit to lead and guide them, they are without hope.
The growth of grace in our lives is putting ourselves in a place where God has to give us power, love, wisdom, forgiveness, and whatever is needed beyond our own capacity. That is where grace begins – where our human strength, talent, and ability ends.
Coming to the end of ourselves through humility and submission allows grace to flow freely. We must always be aware of the avenue for grace to flow in our lives.
When the path to God is unhindered, He can allow grace to freely flow to those we come in contact with.