Faith, Fruit of the Spirit

Supplement Your Faith

2 Peter 1:3-11

His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire. For this very reason, 

make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love.

For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For whoever lacks these qualities is so near-sighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins. Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to confirm your calling and election, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall. For in this way there will be richly provided for you an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

A long passage to meditate on today, so just a few thoughts…

God, by the power of the Holy Spirit within us, has given us everything we need to live godly lives. We enhance our faith through virtue (goodness), truth, self-control, steadfastness (faithfulness), godliness (gentleness/patience), brotherly affection (kindness) and love. Practicing these qualities will ‘keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful’. Our commission from Jesus is to bear fruit for the glory of God and to demonstrate that we are His disciples. Never forget what you have been saved from and what you are being saved for.

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