Is Your Calling and Election Sure?
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” (2 Peter 1:5-7)
Your probably questioning am I Am one of those Christians that declares faith plus. This concept has caused schisms, dismantled churches, and is still constantly debated. I am not claiming or debating my stance on anything but it’s Peter, moreover God that’s saying add to your faith. Let’s explore!
Virtue– is having a quality or striving for of moral excellence or righteousness. Not being perfect, but honorable in how you make decisions according to the Word of God. What are the standards that you hold or stand on?
Knowledge – This in not limited to academics or intelligence, it’s spiritual practicality, it’s governing our lives with wisdom of God. What we know we should do, and if we don’t do want we know; do we really know?
Self-control– or some versions mention temperance; in development of our faith we began to grasps the concepts that God has provided all things to withstand the temptations from Satan, the world, and even our own fleshly patterns.
Steadfastness– or Patience Be Still! I wish I could explain how much I have mastered this, but I have a lot to learn about this concept. As Christian we must not be moved and persevere as a light and salt of the world. Be still and know He is God!
Godliness-which respects our immediate duty towards God, and truly comprehending all the duties that reality. God is Holy, and as we are empowered by the Holy Spirit we are encouraged towards Holiness.
Brotherly kindness-to have a deep regard for everyone, especially loving those that are apart of the household of faith. This is joined to godliness, to show that it is in vain to pretend to true religion and yet be destitute of brotherly love.
Love – the whole law of of Moses impinged on love, the greatest commands were surrounded by love. Charity, love in action, even extends to our enemies themselves. Love is unconditional!
Later in the passage it mentions if we grasp these concepts, we will never stumble, this is God’s Word. This is not teaching perfection but encourages since we are influence by the Holy Spirit it causes a matureness in our walk. Have a bless day! – Juan Mendez is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and serves there as a full-time Chaplain. You can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Think About This: If we tread our vices under our feet, we make of them a ladder by which to rise to higher things. Augustine
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: You shall hide them in the secret place of Your presence from the plots of man; You shall keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues. Psalm 31:20