So I will always remind you of these things, even though you know them and are firmly established in the truth you now have. I think it is right to refresh your memory. 2 Peter 1:12-13
Peter wasn’t addressing baby Christians, yet he thought it necessary to remind his readers. They were firmly established in the truth yet Peter took time to put pen to paper to reinforce what they already knew.
Being reminded helps us focus on the important things and helps us keep things in perspective. There are many ways we do this. Often the songs we sing remind us of God’s attributes, remind us of Jesus’ death and the price he paid for our sins. A communion service reminds us of Jesus’ death and resurrection. Sermons, books, teaching tapes may teach us more about God but often they start by reminding us of what we already know.
Furthermore, God tells us to remember. Many times throughout the Bible we find God reminding people what he had told them, “He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee” (Luke 24:6). When we look at Jesus’ disciples we see Jesus reminding them (Mark 8:18) and we’re no different.
Sometimes we think in order to be significant, teaching has to be new, yet Peter didn’t think so. Later we find Peter reminding them again, “Dear friends, this is now my second letter to you. I have written both of them as reminders to stimulate you to wholesome thinking” (2 Peter 3:1). Presenting truth that people already know, perhaps from a different perspective, can help people think about it more deeply and apply it more meaningfully to their lives.
So don’t be afraid to repeat truth.2 Peter