Studied: 2 Peter 1
2 Peter 1:5-9 ~
Because you have these blessings, do your best to add these things to your lives: to your faith, add goodness; and to your goodness, add knowledge; and to your knowledge, add self-control; and to your self-control, add patience; and to your patience, add service for God; and to your service for God, add kindness for your brothers and sisters in Christ; and to this kindness, add love. If all these things are in you and are growing, they will help you to be useful and productive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But anyone who does not have these things cannot see clearly. He is blind and has forgotten that he was made clean from his past sins.
In the earlier part of this chapter Peter addresses the blessings that are ours as children of the King. Now he is telling us to not settle for this, but proactively seek ways to enhance our Faith, Goodness, Knowledge, Self-Control, Patience, Kindness and Love. In fact he goes on to say that if these things are evident in our lives, and that we are growing in the wisdom and nature of our Lord, then we will be useful and productive for our Lord. A Christian without these things cannot see the truths of God clearly, and could easily forget the miracle of new birth in Jesus. Like a marriage, the day we walk the isle is not the end of the story, it is the beginning of a new wonderful life. In Christianity, it is the beginning of a lifetime learning of the character of God and striving to be more like Him every day. The characteristics mentioned are those that represent God, and He would have us work towards these being very prominent in our lives so that others will see Jesus in us and through our actions.
I just thank You for Your Word today. It is so powerful, timely and applicable to us regardless of the age in which we live. I pray that I may strive to grow in each of these areas so that I may become more in line with Your character every day. I pray that any success in these areas will serve to lift up Your name and be a witness of the true and living God. “