How much can “these things” be emphasized?

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2 Peter 1:12–15

12 For this reason I will not be negligent to remind you always of these things, though you know and are established in the present truth. 13 Yes, I think it is right, as long as I am in this tent, to stir you up by reminding you, 14 knowing that shortly I must put off my tent, just as our Lord Jesus Christ showed me. 15 Moreover I will be careful to ensure that you always have a reminder of these things after my decease.

The Apostle Peter is an old man now and is writing this letter knowing that his death is near. Both while he is alive and when he is gone he wants his dear friends in Christ to be reminded of “these things.” What were “these things?”   If you read back to the beginning of the chapter you will find that “these things” refer to the qualities that Peter admonished us to add to our faith.

2 Peter 1:5–7 But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love.  If these things be in you abound…

The qualities of faith, virtue, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness and love were vital points of Peter’s life message. He wanted these things taught in his life and he wanted them taught after his death. If the aged Apostle, Elder, leader of the Apostles, and pastor of the church in Jerusalem gave this much emphasis on “these things” we must give them more than a passing attention. It would do us good to meditate upon these things, write them out, put them in the car, on the desk, on the refrigerator, and on the computer. Wherever we go “these things” should be before us as we seek to add them into our lives every moment of every day.

Remember in prayer today Sandy Petrelli as she is having a stint put into her heart. One artery is 100% blocked. We are praying that they will not have to do bypass surgery.

Mark Massey’s dad died Monday morning. He is in Florida preparing for a memorial service for his dad on Saturday. If you want to email Mark you can do so at mm@vafb.org If you want his phone number ask me for it.

Pray for Victory in Mark’s absence. The enemy knows when to attack.

Join us in prayer tonight.

Have a great day in the Lord,
PS

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