Second Peter 1:2-7
2 Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of our Lord.
4 Through these, the greatest and priceless promises have been lavished on us, that through them you should share the divine nature and escape the corruption rife in the world through disordered passion.
5 With this in view, do your utmost to support your faith with goodness, goodness with understanding,
6 understanding with self-control, self-control with perseverance, perseverance with devotion,
7 devotion with kindness to the brothers, and kindness to the brothers with love.
In a previous blog when comparing the teachings of Yoga, I spoke of the Yoga of knowledge which is not
a worldy one but rather a spiritual.
A knowledge of our inner self and of the Holy that dwells within.
It is not a knowing of the mind but rather a knowing of the heart. It is not sufficient to know intellectually because we will never be satisfied until we experience and know with our hearts.
We have the words of St Augustine who explained how his heart was not satisfied until he discovered God within.
In the quote from St Peter, he explains how through this knowledge we receive grace and peace in abundance.
We also receive everything we need for life and not only for life but also the grace of true devotion.
Devotion, Bhakti (as it is called in Yoga) is also a gift, a grace without which, life can be such a bore!
But when we receive the knowledge of God, it fills us with all these gifts.
And Peter encourages us to share, as he says “share the divine nature”. Share these precious gifts and this sharing will protect us from the corruptions of this world.
He encourages us to support our faith with goodness and understanding. He does not want us to have a ‘blind faith’ but rather one with the same knowledge of what we are struggling against….he says “self control”.
Its like we are in the sea and there are currents and we must be aware of these and resist theses waters that are stronger than us and can drown us.
And so we persevere, never giving up, never being discouraged.
Constant Devotion and loving kindness to those who are in need.
This writing of Peter is a storehouse a treasure for our spiritual life.
Reading it over and over, each verse is a treasure!
Van Morrison puts it so beautifully in this song:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCLyFGgVdZM14 May 2010 – 6 min – thescottishplayer01
Album: Avalon Sunset (1989)