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10/10/19

Remember + Practice God's Grace

His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence – 1 Peter 1:3

God has given Christians an amazing gift of life. All because of his grace.

The reach of his grace grants you eternal life and life before death. Peter wants to make it clear that the grace of the gospel of God’s divine power in Jesus has major practical implications for the everyday details of your life.

Peter encourages you to not ignore God’s power in your everyday life. Rather, you are called to remember God’s powerful transforming grace and to take responsibility to apply it to actively pursuing change and growth in your live. Remembering and practicing grace are two essential elements needed to progressively become more like Christ in your life.  

Remember that God’s grace can be worked out in your life, by being like a plant. A plant grows both ways – downward and upward.

Growing down is humbly admitting your need for change, accepting your weaknesses, facing into your sin that keeps you from growing. While growing up is remembering and cherishing God’s precious gift of your salvation and your identity as a person given God’s divine power to live every day.

Practicing God’s grace is to focus on growing in Christian virtue.

Peter tells you to persevere in your identity in Christ and be consistent in becoming who you already are. Because of grace, there is no judgement for failure, there is no being benched for lack of performance. When you practice Christ-like virtues your relationship with Christ will deepen.

In Christ there is only grace, his favor is upon you always, no matter what you do. Yet, there is the expectation that you respond and act and practice biblical virtues. Not in a sense that you earn salvation, but in responses motivated by gratitude. Become who you already are in Christ – your given identity. It is about who you become not what you accomplish.

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