In the sinful world we live in, our faith is constantly being challenged and it is hard to remain strong in our walk with Christ. How can we strengthen our spiritual shield in order to stand up against the spiritual warfare around us?
2 Peter 3:18 says, "But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen." While this verse may seem a little vague on the surface, when you dig deep into it, it is actually very clear.
The verse first tells us to grow in the grace of our Lord and Savior, but how is that done? The way that we grow in God's grace is by understanding that He is always there for us and that by His grace we are free. How can we mature as Christians if we are not certain of God's mercy? By growing in God's grace, we grow closer to Him and use His grace to gain more understanding about His true love. In turn, with a better understanding of God's love, we will be better equipped to reflect His mercy to others.
This verse continues on to tell us that we need to grow in the knowledge of God. This means that we need to dig deep into God's word on a daily basis and surround ourselves with the loving direction that it provides. The more we know about what God wants in our lives, the better equipped we will be to follow Him. The better equipped you are to follow God, the better you will be able to reflect and communicate His love to others.
As a Christian there is always room for growing; you can never reach a maximum maturity. I encourage you to continue to read your Bible every day and share God's word with those around you. You will find that the more you understand and use God's grace, and the more you soak up the knowledge that God provides, the more your walk in Christ will thrive.