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, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, 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 (2 Peter 1:5-8)
I’ve been writing about the verses in 2 Peter for a few days. It’s been a sort of way for me to meditate on these verses, and as with other posts, it’s sort of a “public journal” where I lay out what God is saying to me. It is cool to be able to look back on these things, and see where God truly spoke to me and where I was simply reflecting on his word. With that, I want to delve into the last verse in this passage….
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.
If we look at the beginning of this passage, you see that Peter is admonishing us to “make every effort” to add to our faith. This verse seems to tie it all together, and more. It begins by assuming we have faith – read the entirety of 2 Peter 1 to get the context of what Peter is talking about here (Faith in what? And why???). I supply for you a couple verses here, but certainly read it all for yourself….
His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.
So, because we have faith, we are to add to it goodness, and knowledge, and self-control, and perseverance, and godliness, and brotherly kindness, and last but certainly not least, love.
But these aren’t qualities we should collect like rocks, to just sit there once we “have them”. No, instead we are to “possess them in increasing measure”. We are to constantly strive to attain them. We are to constantly seek these qualities in our lives. We are constantly seek the face of God. A couple verses come to mind, that sum this up immensely for me:
You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart (Jeremiah 29:13)
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things (Philippians 4:8)
Jesus. All we need is Jesus. But we need him more than any one of us is willing to admit, or maybe even realize. Tomorrow, I will talk about areas in my life where I forsook these godly qualities in favor of the world, and by this was “ineffective and unproductive in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ”…..