Beyond the Gospels: Peter

Today’s reading: 2 Peter 1:1-15
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Peter urges the Christian believer to make their calling and election sure. He stresses the importance of continuing to trust the Scriptures. Through the enduring and living Word of God, Christians have received new birth.

God has actually, through Jesus Christ, planted His own life in the Christian believer. Therefore, we share His nature. How astounding is this? One can escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. And now, be enabled to live productive godly lives.

In his letter, Peter lists how one is to bring harmony in their inner spirit by these qualities: faith, goodness, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness, and love. These qualities growing and enriching our lives keep us from being ineffective and unproductive. They demonstrate not only to ourselves but to others that God has called us to Himself.

Thought for today: We have the Prophetic Word to help us live holy lives.

Lord Jesus, help us to diligently seek Your guidance to live fruitful lives
in Your Spirit of love, trusting Your Word.

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