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P.E.A.C.E: Abundance

Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.
2 Peter 1:2

Next, to Presence and Encouragement we add Abundance.

What exactly do you say abundance is? “It’s a lot”—sure; “it’s more than enough”—certainly, but you can do better. “It’s overflowing; it’s bountiful; it’s opulent”—all good synonyms. How about “plethora”? That’s one I love; it means superabundance. Personally I think of abundance as dark chocolate oozing over peppermint-stick ice cream.

God’s view of abundance is a little holier than mine. Perhaps He thinks along these lines: I love Nancy so much, I am going to overwhelm her with gifts she needs, some she doesn’t even know she needs, that are perfect for her, because she is Mine. And yes, I have already paid top price.   

Consider how many things we receive in abundance from our extravagant God:

·         grace and peace of course (2 Peter 1:2)

·         the Spirit of wisdom and revelation (Ephesians 1:17)

·         the knowledge of his will (Colossians 1:9)

·         life to the full (John 10:10)

·         hope—the riches of his glorious inheritance, his incomparably great power (Ephesians 1:18)

·         the fruit of righteousness (Philippians 1:11)  

·         love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control–why, all the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23)

·         love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God (Ephesians 3:19)

The list goes on, but what is more extravagant than all the fullness of God, oozing within.

How does Peter say our abundance comes about? Through our knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. That is to say, through a personal, intimate relationship with God and with Jesus. This is a knowledge that grows and grows. The more time spent with the Lord, the more we want of Him; the better we get to know Him, the greater is our understanding of abundance.

Sweet Jesus, the very thought of Your extravagant abundance oozes peace all over my soul.   

Nancy P

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