Keeping ourselves in Remembrance

2 Peter 1:8-13   8For as these qualities are yours and increasingly abound in you, they will keep [you] from being idle or unfruitful unto the [full personal] knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One).9For whoever lacks these qualities is blind, [spiritually] shortsighted, seeing only what is near to him, and has become oblivious [to the fact] that he was cleansed from his old sins. 9For whoever lacks these qualities is blind, [spiritually] shortsighted, seeing only what is near to him, and has become oblivious [to the fact] that he was cleansed from his old sins. 10Because of this, brethren, be all the more solicitous and eager to make sure (to ratify, to strengthen, to make steadfast) your calling and election; for if you do this, you will never stumble or fall.   11Thus there will be richly and abundantly provided for you entry into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.   12So I intend always to remind you about these things, although indeed you know them and are firm in the truth that [you] now [hold].   13I think it right, as long as I am in this tabernacle (tent, body), to stir you up by way of remembrance,

As we grow in faith, virtue, knowledge, self-control, steadfastness, godliness, brotherly affection and brotherly love, we see that these qualities cause us to bear fruit in our lives. We also see here that if we are lacking in these qualities we are spiritually blind, that we don’t understand- because we are saved we have the ability to live a life free from sin. Verse 10 shows us if we strengthen ourselves in our calling we will not stumble. If we are continually keeping ourselves in remembrance of who we are in Christ we will adjust our actions to line up with that image.

These things are not new to you. They are probably things that you already know, but I like what it says in verse 11-12. Even though you already know, I am going to remind you of who you were created to be and what you are capable of. Even though you may know how you are supposed to think, speak and act, I am going to keep it in your mind so that you will continue to do what you know to do. There are many things that I know I am supposed to do, but at times I just don’t do them. When I read things in the Word of God they stay in my mind all day and I am more apt to make right choices in my thoughts, words and deeds. Remember what we said a couple of weeks ago- how it says in Psalm 119:105 Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Even when we know the path we are to take, the Word of God illuminates that path and makes it clear, all we have to do is choose to walk down it.

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