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2 Peter 1:12 “I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though you know them…”

Peter was saying, “Truth always needs repetition because even believers forget so easily.” He knew when life gets in the way we tend to forget what the most important things are.

Have you ever noticed how many of the things in our lives that contribute to failure are because of neglect? One example is our cars. There isn’t a car made that never needs maintenance. At some point even the most expensive vehicle will need some tune up or part replaced. What happens if we don’t do the maintenance? We find ourselves on the side of the road waiting on a tow truck.

What happens when children are taught in school? If the teacher doesn’t review areas with the students at the beginning of the new school year, the child may fail. Summer break was filled with other things, other thoughts that didn’t include studies. They need to be reminded and then they can build from there.

Years ago I worked at a wholesale plant nursery during the spring and summer in high school. The owner had one old truck for us boys to drive. He didn’t maintain his vehicle very well. A friend of mine and I would take the truck to the creek bottom at the back of the man’s property to get a load of rich topsoil to mix with the mulch in the pots. Going was no problem but stopping was another issue. The brakes were terrible. Thankfully we made it and lived to see another day.

That kind of neglect is bad and causes problems. But so many today are neglecting so great a salvation and the danger of neglecting God’s greatest gift is you may never get another chance.

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