I was humbled and ministered to by Spurgeon this morning from his Strengthen My Spirit devotional. Had to share and ask you to walk alongside me in this:
“Grow in grace, & in the knowledge of our Lord & Saviour Jesus Christ.” 2 Peter 3:18
“‘Grow in grace’–not in one grace only but in all grace. Grow in the starting place of grace: faith. Believe the promises more firmly than you have before. 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 & 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. To know Him is ‘life eternal,’ and to advance in the knowledge of Him is to increase in happiness. Whoever has sipped this wine will thirst for more, for although Christ satisfies, yet it is such a satisfaction, that the appetite is not satisfied but whetted.
If you know the love of Jesus, so will you pant after deeper draughts of His love. If you do not desire to know Him better, then you love Him not, for love always cries, ‘Nearer, nearer.’ 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. Remain by the cross and search the mystery of His wounds.
An increase of love for Jesus, and a more perfect apprehension of His love for us, is one of the best tests of growth in grace.”
Amen. Let’s grab hands and grow in grace together, my friends, all for the sake of God’s glory.
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