Better Living

Good morning!!  A call to good living, so to speak, from Peter.  We all want to receive the promises of God!!  We all want salvation.  Everybody wants to go to heaven.   Everyone (especially me!!) wants their sins to be forgiven!!   So, are we going to respond to Gods promises??  If we accept Jesus Christ into our lives, do we simply want to claim his promises with no other response or effort on our part??  Or do we change the way we live and think as a part of claiming those promises??  Peter says here we are called to do more than simply receive his promises.   We are to make every effort to grow in our faith. We all know the great commission.  How effective can I be in living out that commission if I claim to have been born again, to have found a faith in Christ, to know my sins are forgiven, to have claimed my room in heaven, but everybody around me can see that nothing in my life has changed as a result? If I’m to claiming be cleansed and forgiven of my sins, but I’m still choosing to live in those sins??   If I’m choosing to continue to live in this life as I always have, have I actually received Christ??  Have I actually been saved, had my sins forgiven, found a purpose for living??  I would think not….

“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. In view of all this, make every effort to respond to God’s promises. Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence, and moral excellence with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with patient endurance, and patient endurance with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love for everyone. The more you grow like this, the more productive and useful you will be in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But those who fail to develop in this way are shortsighted or blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their old sins. So, dear brothers and sisters, work hard to prove that you really are among those God has called and chosen. Do these things, and you will never fall away. Then God will give you a grand entrance into the eternal Kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”
‭‭2 Peter‬ ‭1:3-11‬ ‭NLT‬‬


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