Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. 2 Peter 1:2
Right out of the blocks Peter extends the blessing of grace and peace to the church. He establishes where grace and peace come from. In other words – “The abundant, life filled, life giving grace and peace be yours.” “And this grace and peace is ours through knowing and growing in your relationship with God and Jesus our Lord.”
Peter’s pen writes these next words in verse 3. His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness. So abundant grace, peace, and everything we need to live a life of godliness comes through His divine power and knowledge of God!
Our human souls and relationships are in great need of grace and peace.
Whether our own inner turmoil or conflicts in relationships, grace and peace become like prey for our lives. Yet we attempt to find grace and peace through our own efforts – like developing better people skills, earning more money, enjoying our hobbies, raising “perfect kids” or moving up the ladder of success. All of the above are great endeavors and can certainly add to our pursuit for grace and peace.
But Christians, let’s never be mistaken or misled. True Grace and Peace are found in and come from the Person of God – and our knowledge of Him. No – not getting smarter in knowledge about Him, but growing in relationship to know Him!
How do we grow in living a life of abundant grace and peace?
I suggest that Peter expands on a life of grace and peace in verse 3. This passage seems to capture the essence of how to live for God. “His divine power has given us everything we need for life…!” Everything we need to live life will be only and truly found in HIS DIVINE POWER!
Practically speaking, growing in living a life of grace and peace comes through experiencing Jesus.
Everyone experiences God and His Son Jesus in different ways. The key for you and i is asking God to favor us to experience Him.