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Growing Grace

Therefore, beloved, since you are waiting for these, be diligent to be found by him without spot or blemish, and at peace. And count the patience of our Lord as salvation, just as our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you according to the wisdom given him, as he does in all his letters when he speaks in them of these matters. There are some things in them that are hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other Scriptures. You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, take care that you are not carried away with the error of lawless people and lose your own stability. But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen

2 Peter 3:14-18

Sally Clarkson‘s latest e-mail seems to summarize Peter’s last words best.

Know that you are on the heart of God today. He dearly loves you where you are, right now, in the midst of the messiness of life. He cares for you and wants you to know that He has won, on your behalf, all of the battles you have now or will ever face! He brought you all to my mind today because you are on His mind. Let me share just a few ways that help me to keep going.

1. Reject the law and legalism. If you try to be perfect, you will always come up short. Live in the grace of the life of Jesus that He came to give because He knew we couldn’t make it without Him (Galatians 5:1—“It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore, keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery” (Galatians 5:1). “Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus”  (Romans 8:1). . . .

5. Give grace to all. Don’t be a source of criticism, legalism, or discouragement in the life of others you know. As far as it is possible with you, be at peace with all men. Show them the grace that God has shown you.

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