This is the our final reflection of 2 Peter 3:18. On last week we took a look at the statement of Peter to grow in Knowledge. Today we will finish that statement of Peter when he tells us also to grow in grace.
At first glance, we could question WHY he said to grow in both knowledge AND grace. However, as we peer into the text, the relationship between the two becomes quite obvious. Knowledge informs and transforms us, while grace extends from us; based on what we learn about God, and his abundant grace in OUR lives. Ultimately, that grace passes from the hand of God, through us into the lives of those around us. It is this grace, that allows others to see him. It is this grace, that allows others to understand what a loving father he is. It is through this grace, when we act most like Jesus. Grace is unearned. The only reason grace is given is because of the heart of the giver. To the world, this makes no sense, however to those who live in the shadow of the cross, we realize God constantly rains grace into our lives. As he rains grace into our lives, he expects us to rain it into the lives of others. How different this world would be if more grace would abound. Grace disarms the angry, Grace reaches down and mends the heart of the broken-hearted. Grace reaches through prison walls, hospitals, foreign countries, mission fields, into the most remote parts of the world. Everywhere it reaches, it speaks and points to the loving grace of God, as Jesus hung, bled and died for our sins. The question this morning is simply this, how much grace flows through you? Does as much flow out, as what flows in? Let’s us grow as Peter directs in both knowledge and grace. Blessings.