2 Peter: Everything Needed for Life

2 Peter: Everything Needed for Life

Scripture: 2 Peter 1:3-11 (NRSV)

We human beings over the ages have sought to understand the interplay of the Rational and Emotional part of our lives. Plato used a metaphor where the self is a chariot and the calm and collect rational part of the mind holds the reins. The charioteer holds the reins to two horses, which symbolized desire and emotion. Centuries later, Freud adapted Plato by saying the human mind is divided into three parts: the ego (the conscious, rational self), the superego (the conscience—often times rigid and oppressive) and the id (the desire to indulge in impulsive and primal pleasures). Psychologists today liken the relation of our rational and emotional selves to a rider atop an elephant. Peter has some good news for our human quandary: “God’s divine power has given us everything needed for life and godliness through the knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.” See how in Christ, we have a divine helping hand that holds and steadies the reins of our lives.

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