The Lord seems to want me to understand how important godly knowledge and understanding is in my life. The first half of chapter one is all about having godly knowledge and adding to your spiritual garden fruits of righteousness.
“…having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control, perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, to brotherly kindness love. For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 2 Peter 1:4-9
Peter goes on to warn his brothers and sisters to be careful about false teaching. This is very important in the Christ walk. If you don’t know what is true and what is false then what do you know? This is even important when we hear our pastors preach. We must know the Word, the gospel and the truth.
We have to be careful also in the people we spend time around. People are big influences whether or not we realize.
I love verse 8 of chapter 2:
“for that righteous man, dwelling among them, tormented his righteous soul from day to day be seeing and hearing their lawless deeds.”
“The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not wiling that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.”
I forget His promises all the time! Especially His promise to return and take me home with Him. But as chapter 3 goes on to say, the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night so to look “forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless; and consider that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation…”
I pray I will REMEMBER His promises all the time! That my Lord will bring them to my mind and heart constantly so that I will be in peace, without spot and blameless on the day of His coming.