So 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 1:12)
They are the words I always want my kids to remember: “I love you, and here are all the amazing things I see in you.” They are adults now, and they’ve heard these things countless times throughout their lives, as we’ve walked and played, done homework and rehearsed music, over the phone, at their bedside, and in the drop-off line. I can never tell them too often how uniquely loved they are, and I intend to tell them for the rest of our lives. It’s not that they haven’t heard it or don’t know; it’s that life and lies will always try to convince them it’s not true.
Peter wrote to Gentile believers with urgency and consistency. These were people he knew, and he was aware of the difficulties and deceptions they faced that caused them to question their identity in Christ. He had the heart of a parent for them and demonstrated lovingkindness to them by reminding them what they already knew: the living hope of Jesus. Peter knew they needed continual encouragement and strengthening to resist false teaching, and as he neared the end of his life, he committed himself to continue to do so.
In the same way, I commit to continue reminding my children that I love them, and to tell them all the amazing things I see in them.
Commit to intentionally share the love of Jesus throughout your days.
Elizabeth Rhyno is a wife and mom, life coach, entrepreneur, and worship pastor. She is a champion for helping people let joy loose by uncovering the purpose that God designed in them.
© 2023 Wesleyan Publishing House. Reprinted from Light from the Word. Used by permission. Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®.