Monday, December 31, 2007

Thoughts and Hopes as the New Year Approaches

…To those who through the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ have received a faith as precious as ours:

and all my bloggy friends

2Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.

Because we all need an abundance of grace and peace.

3His 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.

Although we sometimes forget it.

4Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.

And this world is so corrupt, we need a means of escape.

5For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. 8For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9But if anyone does not have them, he is nearsighted and blind, and has forgotten that he has been cleansed from his past sins.

I want to be good and knowledgeable, have self-control, persevere, be godly, kind, and loving. But mostly, I want to be effective and productive for my Lord Jesus Christ.

10Therefore, my brothers and sisters, be all the more eager to make your calling and election sure. For if you do these things, you will never fall, 11and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

12So I will always remind you of these things, even though you know them and are firmly established in the truth you now have.

2 Peter 1: 2-12 (New International Version)

And I will remind myself of these things, even though I know them. I need to be reminded. And often.

Happy New Year everyone.


Michelle said...

Happy New Year, Julie!

Maria said...

Happy New Year! I hope that 2008 will be a happy, healthy, blessed one for you and your family.