2 Peter 3:18
But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
We know we are saved by the grace and mercy of God. It is by the same grace of God – unmerited favor – that we grow and become more like our Lord.
Ephesians 2:8-9 – For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.
As we allow God’s Word to become part of us, we will grow.
Colossians 3:16 – Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
As we wait and seek the Lord, His grace will give us the strength we need to grow.
Lamentations 3:22-25 – Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, therefore I hope in Him!” The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul who seeks Him.
Jesus instructed us to seek His kingdom first. As we sincerely make every effort to really seek His Word and walk in obedience, we will grow.
Matthew 6:33 – Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
Even in difficult times, God’s grace will keep us.
2 Corinthians 12:9 – And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
Growing in grace does not mean that somehow we can get more of God’s grace. God’s love, His mercy, His grace is unlimited. But as we grow in our understanding and our appreciation of God and His work in our lives, the more we will understand and benefit from His grace.