>Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ – 2 Peter 3:18
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 fullness, 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 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.
… 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 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.
Spurgeon – Morning & Evening – 1/4 a.m.
As I read this entry during my devotions I was freshly challenged to grow in grace. I pray that my love will be come more intense, influencing every thought, word and deed. I pray that I grow in humility and know more of my nothingness, so that in turn I can have nearer approaches to God in prayer and more intimate fellowship with Jesus. I long to know more of Christ.
May this be the desire of your heart, so that you can grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!