2 Peter 1:12 Therefore I intend always to remind you of these qualities, though you know them and are established in the truth that you have.
“How many times do I have to remind you to…” I’m sure there are many ways to fill in the blank. All of which result in a question that sounds more like a nag. Perhaps in our youth we might have thought what we were supposed to remember was trivial, unnecessary, or just plain old unpleasant. As many times as we’d hear a reminder, we failed to heed it. Still, our parents and/or teachers continued to fulfill their role in our lives; reminding us continually to study, practice good habits, be good stewards; all for the purpose of developing honorable characteristics in us. Now, think back to the constant prodding. Do you remember what they said? Do you find yourself reminding someone else of the same? Whether we wanted to or realized it at the time, many of those consistent reminders resulted in deeply rooted characteristics making us who we are today.
This was Peter’s intent; by reminding believers of the early church to diligently pursue divine qualities they would continue to grow in the knowledge of the Lord Jesus and live fruitfully for His good purpose. Today, as believers in His present church, may we not only heed Peter’s reminder, but may we also live as intentionally, exhorting each other to…
“… make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (2 Peter 1:5–8)