13 But we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth. Godliness will make its home there. All of this is in keeping with God’s promise.
~ NIRV ~
Second Peter is a short three chapters long. But it says so much about who we are, and who we should strive to be.
~ NIRV ~
|2 Peter 3:18 Grow in the grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Get to know him better.|
2 Peter 1:3 God’s power has given us everything we need to lead a godly life. All of that has come to us because we know the One who chose us. He chose us because of his own glory and goodness.
4 He has also given us his very great and valuable promises. He did it so you could share in his nature. He also did it so you could escape from the evil in the world. That evil is caused by sinful longings.
5 So you should try very hard to add goodness to your faith. To goodness, add knowledge. 6 To knowledge, add the ability to control yourselves. To the ability to control yourselves, add the strength to keep going. To the strength to keep going, add godliness. 7 To godliness, add kindness to believers. And to kindness to believers, add love.
I especially love this verse:
2 Peter 1:9 But what if some of you do not have those good points? Then you can’t see very well. You are blind. You have forgotten that your past sins have been washed away.
I have been struggling with guilt lately ... for bad decisions, and for things out of my control. I've been wearing the guilt and burden of things that others have done which have hurt people I love, and the mistakes that I have made.
I heard on the radio a few weeks ago, a discussion that Wally on Way-FM was having with his listeners about forgiveness, and how so many people believe that they can't be forgiven for their sin.
They have forgotten that your past sins have been washed away.
That was so powerful for me.
I beat myself up daily for things that I should have done differently, and they are things that I can no longer control. Things that have been forgiven, and washed away.
Why do I do that to myself?
God doesn't. Why should I?
2 Peter 1:10 My brothers and sisters, be very sure that God has appointed you to be saved. Be sure that he has chosen you. If you do everything I have just said, you will never trip and fall. 11 You will receive a rich welcome into the kingdom that lasts forever. It is the kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
12 So I will always remind you of these things. I’ll do it even though you know them. I’ll do it even though you now have deep roots in the truth. 13 I think it is right for me to remind you.
I have been forgiven.
Maybe it is time to forgive myself.