2 Peter 3:18 - Growing In Your Relationship With Jesus.

2 Peter 3:18 (KJV) But grow in grace, and in 
the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus 
Christ. To him be glory both now and forever. Amen. 


   It is the Lord's desire that His 
followers shall grow in grace, that their love shall 
abound more and more, that they shall be filled 
with the fruits of righteousness, which are by 
Jesus Christ, unto the praise and glory of God. 
   One of the divine plans for growth is 
impartation. The Christian is to gain strength by 
strengthening others. "He that watereth shall be watered 
also himself." This is not merely a promise; it 
is a divine law, a law by which God designs 
that the streams of benevolence, like the waters 
of the great deep, shall be kept in constant 
circulation, continually flowing back to their source. In 
the fulfilling of this law is the secret of 
spiritual growth (ST June 12, 1901).  {7BC 947}   

Strength comes by exercise; activity is the 
very condition of life. Those who endeavor to 
maintain Christian life by passively accepting the 
blessings that come through the means of grace, and 
doing nothing for Christ, are simply trying to 
live by eating without working. And in the 
spiritual as in the natural world, this always results 
in degeneration and decay. A man who would 
refuse to exercise his limbs would soon lose all 
power to use them. Thus the Christian who will not 
exercise his God-given powers not only fails to grow 
up into Christ, but he loses the strength that 
he already had.  {SC 80.3}   


Grow In Grace - not in one grace only, 
but in all grace. Grow in that root-grace, 
faith. Believe the promises more firmly than you 
have done. Let faith increase in fulness, 
constancy, simplicity. Grow also in love. Ask that your 
love may become extended, more intense, 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 Saviour. 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 hath sipped this 
wine will thirst for more, for although Christ 
doth satisfy, yet it is such a satisfaction, that 
the appetite is not cloyed, but whetted. If you 
know the love of Jesus - as the hart panteth 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. Rest not then 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. Abide hard by the Cross, and 
search the mystery of his wounds. An increase of 
love to Jesus, and a more perfect apprehension of 
his love to us is one of the best tests of 
growth in grace. [Morning and Evening by Charles H. 

   I love those little signs that spring is 
right around the corner. Those tiny green shoots 
that eventually become daffodils. The buds on 
trees. Chocolate bunnies in the stores. Okay, maybe 
that last one is just a personal temptation. 
Seriously, though, the natural world is changing and 
will soon explode with color and new life. 
   Do you sense the same kind of dynamic 
change inside your heart? What does it mean to 
follow Christ and be his new creation? How is he 
changing you? 
   Jesus is the Son of God, who came to 
earth and showed us God's love. He hung out with 
those the religious people rejected: the sinners, 
the tax collectors, the prostitutes. He loved 
them where they were. He forgave their sins. He 
changed them and they became born again, new 
   When we call on Jesus, he makes us new in 
that same way. Not just a better version of the 
old us. But new. Every sin forgiven. We're 
filled with his Spirit. We're transformed. If 
you're standing firm in your faith, then you can 
trust God to change you and make you like his 
   Because when you follow him, your life 
will look different from before. You will be holy 
- set apart - from the world around you. Never 
forget that the old you has passed away; you're a 
new person in Christ. 
   Sometimes it's hard to feel like I'm 
really growing in my faith, Lord. But I know I can 
trust your promise to forgive my sins and make me 
a new creation. Thank you that I'm becoming 
more like Jesus every day. [Daily Power by Craig 


   Last summer, my husband, daughter, and I 
went to the state fair. We arrived in time to 
watch the horse-riding competitions. I've always 
loved horses and gentle rides. However, the riding 
we saw was on a completely different level. 
Sitting in the front row, I felt the energy of the 
horse as it galloped past, leaning into the curve 
and kicking up dust. Teams of riders then 
charged around barrels, weaving tight patterns in 
perfect timing. 
   The power and skill of both horse and 
rider astounded me, and I clapped until my hands 
were sore. When the announcer introduced the next 
competition, children rode in and wove their ponies 
between poles. I realized that I was watching the 
early process of developing the skills for barrel 
   The stages of growth in the riders 
reminded me of our spiritual journey. When we begin 
our walk with Jesus, we are like those children 
on their ponies, enjoying the ride. 
   As we confront new obstacles, He deepens 
our faith. We learn to adjust our balance, lean 
into Him more, and focus on Him. Like a rider 
galloping at full speed, we learn to take more risks 
in our faith and trust Him in difficult times. 
Sometimes we fall. Our mistakes make us even more 
aware of our need for His grace. Other times we 
dig into the Word. Scripture, fellowship with 
others, and time in prayer all help us grow in our 
knowledge of Jesus. 
   Let's heed the invitation of 2 Peter 3:18 
and grow in both "the grace and knowledge of our 
Lord and Savior Jesus Christ." by Sharon Hinck 
   Faith Step: Watch a video of rodeo events 
and think about the steps of growth involved. 
Ask Jesus to help you grow in Him today. 
[Mornings With Jesus 2018 Devotional by Guideposts and 


   First Corinthians 10:31 tells us that 
even our eating and drinking should be done to 
the glory of God. God's glory is like a pair of 
colored glasses that tint everything you see. 
Whatever you do should be done for His glory. The 
question you must now ask about everything is, "How 
will this glorify God?" 
   God is intent on displaying who He is. 
Psalm 19:1 says: "The heavens are telling of the 
glory of God; and their expanse is declaring the 
work of His hands." The whole earth gives us a 
picture of the glory of the invisible God. Nature 
preaches us a sermon on His glory. Everything should 
point us to His glory, and if it doesn't, it's 
because we are too "me-centered" to look for His 
glory. And if we are centered on ourselves, we are 
in sin. Sin is simply falling short of 
glorifying God. Romans 3:23 says: "All have sinned and 
fall short of the glory of God." You don't have 
to rob a bank to be a sinner. All you have to 
do is try to take the glory that belongs to Him 
alone. We are all cosmic thieves. 
   God's glory is everywhere. Revelation 
21:23 says when we get to heaven there will be no 
need of the sun or moon because the glory of the 
Lord will illuminate everything. There will be no 
night there, for the place will be consumed with 
the glory of God. His glory is so awesome that 
it will light up our heavenly home. 
   Our problem today is that we are not 
consumed with the glory of God. [Alternative View 
with Dr. Tony Evans; 


Choose to paddle your lifeboat toward the 
Lord by meditating on Scripture, praying, and 
living obediently. Practicing the spiritual 
disciplines keeps a heart warm toward God. [In Touch 
Daily Devotional by Charles Stanley at 

Spending time with God, reading the Bible, 
praying, and being in fellowship with other 
Christians helps us to grow and to understand Him. 
Maintaining those habits is like packing on spiritual 
muscle that helps us stand firmly against fears, 
worries, goals, and temptations that contradict what 
Jesus really wants for us. by Erin Keeley Marshall 
 [Mornings With Jesus 2018 Devotional by 
Guideposts and Zondervan] 


2 Peter 3:18 - Growing In Your Relationship 
With Jesus. 



If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or 
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either 
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in 
hearing from you.  Thanks in advance and let's keep 
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred 


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