One of the best tests of growth in grace
“Grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” 2 Peter 3:18
“Grow in grace”–not in one grace only, but in all the Christian graces.
Grow in the starting place of grace, faith. Believe the promises more firmly than you have before. Let faith increase in fullness, constancy and simplicity.
Grow also in love. Ask that your love may become extended, more intense, more practical, influencing every thought, word and 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 only satisfied, but invigorated.
If you know the love of Jesus–then will you pant after deeper draughts of His love.
If you do not desire to know Him better–then you do not love Him at all, for love always cries, “Nearer, nearer!”
Seek to know more of Him . . .
in His divine and human natures,
in His sin-atoning work,
in His excruciating death for you,
in His present glorious intercession,
and in His future royal coming in glory!
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.
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