2 Peter 1:1-8 – Overcome Anger – One Step at a Time
2 Peter 1:1-8
-  Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ:
-  Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,
-  According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that [pertain] unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:
And to this…
-  Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
-  And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;
-  And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;
-  And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.
-  For if these things be in you, and abound, they make [you that ye shall] neither [be] barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
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I didn’t know how to overcome anger because I was lost in sin. However, I love the way the Lord works! I am always aware that whatever scripture he leads me to study, God has picked it out on purpose. And as for you, reading this right now, I believe that God has also lead you to it for a reason.
This morning, I told my Father that I am very unhappy with the way I am reacting to the fighting and hatred that is happening in the world today. I cringe at the horrific atrocities taking place. It angers me that newscasters and newspapers actually headline them in the spotlight everyday, giving sex offenders, murders, insurrectionists, etc. recognition they don’t deserve.
I asked God to show me how to overcome anger
How can I handle my behaviour, emotions and thoughts and he led me to 2 Peter 1:1-8.
As I read each verse above, (keeping in mind, the reason why God led me to these particular passages) many different emotions zipped through me. I could feel my entire body and heart tightening and hardening. Add brotherly kindness and to brotherly kindness add charity. God wants me to love these enemies! How?
I know that, as a Christian, I am to love everyone! I want to love others the way God loves me. But if truth be told, sometimes it’s hard to keep a open heart, especially in these days and situations. If I am truthful, I don’t even want to like the people that do horrific things to innocent people.
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I took a deep breath, prayed for peace and guidance. Then together, the Lord and I dug in and broke the scripture down into smaller parts, to find out why He led me (and you) to these particular verses.
Simon (Peter) the apostle, is telling the people that God has already given Christians (Messianic Jews and Gentiles) his greatest and most precious gifts: faith and righteousness. We gain these gifts by knowing Jesus through his work on the cross.
All Christians can know God on a introductory level, however, to gain better knowledge of Him we need to be reading the Bible, talking to God and being around other godly people.
Peter continues by saying “And besides this” (referring to faith, righteousness, free salvation and eternal life) God will give us even more. However, the next set of gifts (qualities) that God will give us will require an whole-hearted effort on our part!
Giving all diligence – (watching over, supervision)
Diligence will help us to pay attention to what we are doing, thinking, and behaving. When we give due diligence, we will grow in the Lord.
We must be content to know and believe that Jesus is our Saviour. We must have faith that even though we (today) have never seen God the Father, Jesus, or the Holy Spirit they are who the Bible says they are. Furthermore, the Word of God is absolutely true. If something is happening in a way we deem bad, we can relax. God gives his children the ability to have that kind of faith in him and in his ways. Remembering that God is always aware of everything that is happening can give us peace, if we allow it.
In verse 5, Peter says that we must grow in virtue (high moral standards). In today’s world, it is becoming harder to remain virtuous. However, Peter tells us; that God has given us virtue, we just need to pick it up, put it on and use it.
A Christian can behave in a virtuous manner that shows we are different than others. Not with a “better than you” attitude, but by showing a reflection of who God is and how he can work in us.
God has given each of us the ability to gain knowledge of him. We need understanding of what the Bible is teaching us. It doesn’t do us any good to read the Words of God and not understand them. That’s why he has placed people (Pastors, Sunday school teachers, Scholars, the Church etc.) in our lives. That is to say, they can help us, teach us, lead us and guide us, as we grow in the Lord. We also need to study and spend some alone time with God. Knowledge is the key to understanding.
There are many things we would like to say, act or do that we know we shouldn’t, but we may do them anyway. Have we lost the method or desire of restraint? Is it possible to overcome anger?
We need temperance (self-control) in so many ways. Addictions, for instance, can sometimes be seen as lack of self-control. So often our anger can become an addiction. Are we allowing the people or situations of today to beat down our God given gift of temperance? By leaning on the Lord, we can overcome.
Patience is a hard one for many people. We must have the patience to stand in faith, knowing that the Lord is with us at all times. We need to keep our faith that God has everything under control. He will give us the patience to get through whatever is happening in our lives. But again, we must pick up the patience and put it on. God will only do so much and then it’s up to us to do our part. A good way to wear patience is to remain content in all circumstances. Smile and wait with patience for whatever has to happen, to happen.
If we are to truly love God then we need to have godliness. We need to have a reverential fear of the Lord, that is; to always be in awe of the Lord. Having godliness comes from within and shows outwardly.
It is important to join a church and have Christian friends. We need to have brothers and sisters in the Lord so that we can grow in our faith. By having a relationship with others members of the congregation, we can help and love one another in times of troubles. Furthermore, we can lean on each other when we feel weakened in our faith and can rejoice along side of them in the good times. People who know and love the Lord can and should give a different type of love and support than those who do not know Him.
Charity takes form in many different ways. As a Christian, it is our duty to overcome anger, and to love all mankind, yes even those who persecute us. It is our duty to treat everyone with kindness and love. It is our duty to give love, provide help, not be selfish, but to give willingly to all who need help. And to that, we need to pray for everyone, especially those living in sin. Charity can be seen in a missionary’s life. Some go into situations, knowing the dangers they face but are willing to serve God, regardless to the danger.
God is not saying to let others walk all over us. However, we should love them enough to pray for them (and us) to change. With that change they (we) might see the error of ways and come to see the true light of God, through Jesus.
Whether we are in a foreign land or in our own homes, it is our duty to live in a way that shows God working in our lives. Furthermore, overcome anger and tell and show others of God, His son Jesus and the Holy Spirit.
My prayer for 2 Peter 1:1-8
I know that the time of this world is winding down to a close. Each day the events we see happening, are things you said would have to take place before the end.
Without a doubt Lord, you alone are in charge and have total control. I understand that the horrors we see now are brought on by Satan and they have a place in the larger scheme of things.
However Lord, when I am watching the news, my heart automatically turns hard with anger and fear towards the people and situations that are happening today. I find it hard to overcome anger and to keep my heart in a loving state when I hear of beheadings, rapes, murders and bombings. Especially when innocent people are involved. Each time I see or hear about another incident taking place, I feel my anger growing.
Anger and fear are tools of the enemy.
I ask you Father to help me. Knowing that to hold any emotion not based in love, is a sin and sin comes from the enemy. I confess Father that I am holding sin, anger, resentment and many times even hatred. And worse than that, at times I hold judgment towards an entire race, because of a few bad apples.
Lord, I can feel myself slipping away from you as Satan slowly creeps into my being through this anger and hatred. I need your help so that I can live a godly life. Especially now, when sin is growing rapidly and wickedness runs rampant.
Asking for forgiveness.
I’m confessing to you, that my heart is hardened against people who do not share the same ideals I have during Covid-19. Furthermore, I admit to you that voicing my anger sometimes give me a “way to blow off steam”. Acknowledging that in all of these situations (and more), I cannot and do not let Jesus been see in me. I am so very sorry Lord that I let you down and I repent of these sins.
Please forgive me, cleanse me and give me grace. Then teach me how to be worthy of living a life of diligence, faith, virtue ,and knowledge. As well impart in me temperance, patience, godliness, brotherly kindness and charity. in all situations, whether I deem them good or bad. Please have the Holy Spirit convict me when I begin to slip onto the path of unrighteousness.
I now consciously accept your forgiveness and grace Lord. Thank you for loving me so much that you can and have forgiven me and allowed me a clean start. Father, please show me how I am to love the people who are causing so much pain and loss to others.
Answers from the Lord
- As a Christian, hold firmly onto Jesus. Then stand solidly in Him and in love, regardless of what we are witnessing in the natural world.
- Live in a manner that pleases God, despite what our earthly situations may be.
- Pray fervently for all my sisters and brothers (including those of different colours and races). It is difficult to keep a hardened heart when I am praying for them!
- And, I am to remember: If, as a Christian, I don’t set an example of the goodness of God, then who will?
Thank you Lord, for revealing to me the ways I can lean on you during these days of Satan’s rule of our world.
I know that “through Jesus Christ who strengthens me” I can truly pray for all people.
I am blessed that you will help me to stay above the hatred. Please have the Holy Spirit convict me right away, if I fall short. Also, have him immediately encourage me to repent and make things right. I know that if my hatred were to continue to grow, I would be of no use to you.
Thank you for keeping my feet firmly planted on the foundation of the Lord Jesus Christ. I acknowledge that “His strength in me” will be seen, in all situations, enabling me to outwardly bless and confess the name of Jesus.
I am so thankful that you lead me to this scripture. It has empowered me (as always) to know you in a deeper sense and will help me to live an honourable life. I will serve you, when and wherever you need me.
In the mighty and wonderful name of my Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen
I wrote this post in 2016. It is now 2021! Every time the news comes on and I feel myself slipping towards anger, sadness, mixed emotions, etc., I remind myself that we may be in the birthing pains stage of God’s plan. These events must happen before Jesus returns. This gives me the peace that passes understanding and I can relax, knowing God’s plan is coming to fruition.
Thank you Lord. I am blessed to be your child!