Verse of the Day

"But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen."

~II Peter 3:18

Today's Devotional Thought

October 04, 2010 by Rachel Piferi



Have you ever watched someone grow right before your eyes? And, I don’t mean physically grow. I mean, have you ever watched someone you love as they grew in some area of their life? Maybe they grew in their relationship with the Lord. Maybe they learned how to master a skill that they needed in their job or ministry. Maybe they learned how valuable they were and became more confident in the skills that they possessed. Regardless of the way in which they grew, you had the privilege of watching them grow and you sat their proud of the person that they had become.

As you watched that growth in them, you likely saw a lot of growing pains. Sometimes growth in our lives comes out of very painful situations. And oftentimes these life circumstances require that we grow in order to survive them. They require psychological growth and mental fortitude to survive. They require social growth as we seek to understand the other people in the situation with us. And more than anything, these painful situations require spiritual growth as we begin to realize the only true source of strength: Jesus Christ.

Growth is seldom easy. But, the fruit of growth is an enhanced ability to cope with future situations. Like James tells us, growth from trials takes the form of improved character and perseverance (James 1: 2-4). And, growth in your spiritual life leads to a richer, fuller relationship with the Lord and a full, abundant life. This spiritual growth can also lead to fuller relationships with other people as you grow to behave like Jesus. As you grow closer to the Lord and emulate Jesus, selfishness begins to disappear from your relationships and those become richer and more precious as well.

Growth is seldom easy. But the results of growth are so rewarding to you as an individual and as a member of relationships with others. If someone you love has grown in some area of their life, tell them today that you have noticed. Tell them that you are proud of how they have grown in this area or even how they have inspired you to grow in this area. It is so important to encourage each other as we grow in life.

Memorize this verse today:

"But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen."
~II Peter 3:18

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