“By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence. And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires.” 2 Peter 1:4 New Living Translation
God has given to us that which we need in this life according to his grace. God’s grace is a marvelous gift. In reality we deserve nothing from Almighty God. We were living against the grain, going against the flow of his will. Yet he loved us without condition. We didn’t have to change to know him, we just had to believe that he is and that he is able to cleanse us of all our sin by virtue of the blood Christ spilled on Calvary’s hill. He accepted us the way we were. Once we accepted the forgiveness of God we were part of his family. In order to live a life of godly obedience we had to seek growth. All our spiritual growth ties into God’s grace, for if it weren’t for his divine favor toward us we never would have had forgiveness offered to us in the first place.
God gives us the power to live lives that can avoid sinful decisions. As we strive to know him better our faith blossoms and our trust grows. God promises to continue to show us that which we are to do for his kingdom, but we must listen, becoming attuned to his Spirit. His promises of healing, powers to overcome evil and eternity with him are meant to encourage us, giving us hope for our future.
Our life cannot merely be a change in status or position before God. We must allow the Holy Spirit to alter our behavior patterns so we do not enter back into sin once again. There is no time when spiritual growth should stop because to stop would bring about stagnation. We must seek to learn something new continuously, as in daily. The Bible is chocked full of wisdom and promises that God means to fulfill. Be faithful in your pursuit of godly living. Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!
Resources: The Life Application Study Bible; The Asbury Bible Commentary.