Peter begins his second letter by pointing out that we have within us all that we need to live a godly life because of our knowledge of God—simply knowing God, who called us. Through God’s glory and goodness, we are called to participate in God’s divine nature, having escaped—rejected—the corrupted world’s evil desires by placing our total trust in God. Through our trust—that is, faith in God—we must add goodness, which leads to further understanding of God. This understanding allows us to control ourselves through perseverance, having mutual affection for one another, which leads to the very essence of God—love. For God is love. We must be mindful of this in order to keep from being ineffective and unproductive in our knowing who our Lord is—Jesus Christ. If we are not mindful of this, then we are forgetting that we have been cleansed and forgiven of our past sins. However, if we are mindful, together through mutual affection, then we will not stumble and will receive a rich welcome into the Kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ—a Kingdom that is eternal.