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“Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.” (2 Peter 1:2, NIV)

Peter begins his second letter to the exiled Christians with a message that serves both as a reminder and a blessing: The knowledge of the Father and the Son brings grace and peace in abundance.

It serves as a blessing, because everyone wants peace.

It serves as a reminder because in our materialistic society we may soon forget that money cannot purchase peace; in our celebrity-focused culture we may soon forget that fame cannot deliver peace; and in our competitive, “take no prisoners” approach to every challenge we may soon forget that God personally opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.

Indeed, knowledge of the Father and the Son assures grace in our time of need; and peace in every circumstance.  – Luther

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“The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9, NIV)

One of my favorite definitions of a cynic was offered by Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), who said: “These days man knows the price of everything, but the value of nothing.”

As we approach the celebration of the birth of Jesus, some people see only a historical fact; when it is an “all in” commitment by God for the rescue of every person He had ever created.

On such occasions as this one — whether it be Easter, or the anniversary of our own birth — are we as cognizant of the value of God’s commitment to us as we are of the apparent “cost” of holiness?

Once we begin to grasp the meaning of the words of John 3:16: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son. . .”, the value of God’s gift makes any price we might pay pale in comparison.   – Luther

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