Grace and peace be yours in abundance through knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. - 2 Peter 1:2
Sisters, please go grab your coffee or hot tea because I want to break down this verse with you. Here’s why: it really struck me.
First, I want you to highlight the last eight words, through knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. Those last eight words, sisters! My oh my - they hit me hard. As soon as I read through this verse I went straight to my journal, and I made two columns. In the first column I wrote down what grace and peace meant to me before I truly knew and talked to God. Then, the second column was how my perspective and definitions shifted about grace and peace once my knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord completely changed. Learning His Word taught me how to extend grace to others through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.
Something that has changed in my walk with God is I truly want to understand the parts of the Bible that maybe I do not quite get yet. With saying that, I turned to a couple extra Bible verses about extending grace that made me think more about what extending grace to others means to me.
I immediately went to Psalm 42:6:
My soul is downcast within me; therefore, I will remember you from the land of the Jordan, the heights of Hermon—from Mount Mizar.
David was saying that his soul was downcast, and he had to remember who God was to Him.
I want you to practice the pause button and remember these two verses - 2 Peter 1:2 and Psalm 42:6 - when situations are frustrating you or when people are rubbing you the wrong way. When you find yourself frustrated at coworkers, your husband or boyfriend, brother or sister, or even your prayer partner or acquaintances, then I want you to remember who God is to you in your own life. To me, these two verses help me understand that:
1. I see a difference in my knowledge of the Bible when I am spending time reading the Word.
2. Bring things back to yourself if you need to understand how to extend grace. Meaning, write down things in your life that have shaped you into the person you are right at this very moment. Be honest with yourself. Were there moments when you were upset at God? Were there moments when you said things to certain people that you did not mean to and you regret? Remind yourself of what Psalm 42:6 says, and remember who God is to you. Then, put yourself in the shoes of those that you may find it harder to extend grace to!
Sprinkling grace like confetti does not mean you get to pick and choose who is worthy enough of grace. Just like the song by Casting Crowns says, “We are the body of Christ.” Now, go sprinkle grace like confetti, sisters!
1. Alright sisters, I would like for you to take out a pen and a piece of paper. Think of a specific time when something, someone, or maybe a group of people frustrated you. Write the specific scenario down detail by detail if you can. Who or what frustrated you? What season of life were you in when this happened? Were you spending time in the Word a lot when this difficult season happened? Or did you pull back a little bit from talking and praying to God?
2. In Psalm 42:6, David talks about how he had to remember who God was to him when he was down casted. Now, I want you to make your own columns. I want you to turn to Psalm 42:6 in your Bible or Bible app. Are you there? Alright, let’s talk about how this verse connects with 2 Peter 1:2.
The first column: I want you to write down a moment when you were faced with a difficult moment, and you needed to remind yourself who God is. However, in this first column I want this situation to be a moment when you were not in His Word as much as you wanted to be. The second column: I want you to do the same thing but think of a difficult moment when you were reading the Bible and praying to God regularly.
4. Now that you have your scenarios, spend some time reflecting on how your responses were different. After doing this, can’t you just see how extending grace to others is not even something you have to think about? Especially when you have knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.
Dear Lord, "You are with us when we are right. You are with us when we are wrong. You are with us when we are going forward. You are with us when we are stuck. You are with us when we are strong. You are with us when we are weak. You walk with us. You talk to us.” Lord, those words were said by Steven Furtick in a sermon he preached called, ‘Grace will chase you down,’ but we just want to raise our hands and say amen to those words. You are our welcome to wipe our dirt off our shoes, and You are the coat hanger where we get to make ourselves comfortable. Thank You for showing us the definition of mercy, grace, forgiveness, and love, Lord. Amen.
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