As I continue working on revamping the website, for the November issue we examine the first part of “Add to Your Faith: A Series of Studies on 2 Peter 1:5-9.”
Even though the characteristics listed in 2 Peter 1:5-8 develop and increase with use simultaneously, not consecutively, through the work of the Holy Spirit, one must have a grounding in all the characteristics in order to express the godly love that is the main identifier of the disciples of Jesus (John 13:35).
Without faith, we would not have received God’s spirit in order to proceed further.
Without goodness, the changing of our ways to God’s way, we cannot express godly love.
Without knowledge of God and his character, we will not know the best way to express godly love.
Without self-control, or temperance, we will have less energy to direct toward the expression of godly love toward God and our fellow man.
Without perseverance, we will give up in expressing godly love when times are hard or people are difficult.
Without godliness, we may let the way of this world creep in our life instead of keeping ourselves focused on the way God would have us live and express the godly love.
Without brotherly kindness, showing love within the very body of Christ, how can we go beyond that to express godly love?
This series of studies is intended to help the reader understand what these characteristics are and how they work together to express the love of God.
For without these characteristics to help us, we won’t be able to “Follow the Way of Love.”
For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins.
2 Peter 1:5-9
Volume 18 Issue 10
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