When we pursue our growth in the knowledge of God through Jesus, we develop feet which are steady and a spirit that is reverent and humble. Forgetting our forgiveness puts us in an awkward state of moving away from God, when he has moved so close to us…
8 For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins.
10 Therefore, my brothers and sisters, make every effort to confirm your calling and election. For if you do these things, you will never stumble, 11 and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Peter encourages us to add 7 factors to our faith which will make us effective and productive in our knowledge of Jesus. If we don’t add them with increasing measure, we will find ourselves nearsighted and blind, forgetting our forgiveness. Forgetting our forgiveness.
How could that be? How could we forget that we are forgiven for our sins against God? What would that look like? Apparently it will look like unproductiveness, ineffectiveness, and stumbling. And that sounds about right…
When we forget our forgiveness, we are setting aside that we alienated ourselves from God and needed desperately for him to do what we could not do. We could not be good enough to earn his favour, and so we need his unmerited favour. When we forget that, we put ourselves in the position of either trying to earn God’s favour through works and not faith, or we stop pursuing God at all and we pursue the world.
Both outcomes take us further away from God.
When we forget our forgiveness, we forget the amazing gift of God, which is his Son, Jesus. Jesus gave his life for us, enduring pain and suffering and isolation and misery, becoming sin for us. When we remember this, we are humble and reverent toward God. When we forget it, we are cavalier in our attitude toward God, his teaching about life, and our responsibility in the family of God.
Forgetting puts us in a position of going backward, and when we are going back, we can’t go forward into the knowledge and love of God…