Grow in grace and knowledge of the Lord

But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ — 2 Peter 3:1 8

Grow in grace”—not in one grace only, but in all grace. Grow in that root grace, faith. Believe in the promises more firmly than you have done. Let faith increase in fullness, constancy, and simplicity. Grow also in love. Ask that your love may become extended, more intense, and more practical, influencing every thought, word, and deed. Grow likewise in humility.

Seek to lie very low and know more of your own nothingness. As you grow downward in humility, seek also to grow upward—having nearer approaches to God in prayer and more intimate fellowship with Jesus. May God the Holy Spirit enable you to “grow in . . . the knowledge of our Lord and Savior.” He who grows not in the knowledge of Jesus refuses to be blessed. To know Him is “life eternal,” and to advance in the knowledge of Him is to increase in happiness. He who does not long to know more of Christ knows nothing of Him yet. Whoever has sipped this wine will thirst for more, for although Christ does satisfy, it is such a satisfaction that the appetite is not choked, but whetted. If you know the love of Jesus as the hart pants for the water brooks, so will you pant after deeper draughts
of His love.

If you do not desire to know Him better, then you love Him not, for love always cries, “Nearer, nearer.” Absence from Christ is hell, but the presence of Jesus is heaven. Do not rest content without an increasing acquaintance with Jesus. Seek to know more of Him in His divine nature, in His human relationship, in His finished work, in His death, in His resurrection, in His present glorious intercession, and in His future royal advent. Live close to the Cross, and search the mystery of His wounds. An increase of love for Jesus and a more perfect apprehension of His love for us is one of the best tests of growth in grace.

Culled from Morning by Morning

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