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Gaining God’s knowledge with self control

Gaining God's knowledge with self control

2 Peter 1: 3-8
His divine power has given us everything required for life and godliness through the
knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness. By these He has
given us very great and precious promises, so that through them you may share in
the divine nature, escaping the corruption that is in the world because of evil desires.
For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with goodness,
goodness with knowledge, knowledge with self-control, self-control with endurance,
endurance with godliness, godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection
with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they will keep you from
being useless or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

This month let’s continue on in our faith by gaining knowledge with self control. What
does this look like? I can give an example of what it does not look like. Do you remember
that student in your 5th grade class, or maybe it was you, that always knew the answer.
Whenever the teacher asked a question in class, and you were to raise your hand, this
student would either wave their hand as if drowning in the ocean (or they blurted the
answer out without raising their hand). That is what knowledge with self control is NOT.
It is also not unkindly pointing out someone’s short comings.
Knowledge with self control is knowing the boundaries God has placed in your life and
not feeling the need to cross them. It is knowing that your best life forward is right in the
middle of God’s will for it. Knowledge with self control is being able to persevere through
unjust treatment, because you know the holder of your life, your hope, your love and
attention. Knowledge with self control is continuing to invite people to Jesus and invite
people to church. It is sharing the love of Jesus with them even when they don’t know
what that love looks like. Knowledge with self control is knowing that Christ died for
us before we even thought of loving Him. While we were still in our sin, He went to
the Cross.
Knowledge, with self control, knows there is nothing too difficult that Christ cannot take
us through. That is something great to know.

 

In his service,

Pastor Todd