Ginrich's Devotional Blog

November 11, 2012

Every Effort

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,faith,God's Word,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:00 am
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2 Peter 1:5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. 8 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. 

That’s a lot to add.  How do we do it?  We add goodness to our faith by reaching out to others doing good while trusting God will give us the means to help.  As we reach out to others through the goodness God gives us our knowledge of His goodness to us and to others grows.  As we experience more of God’s goodness and knowledge we are able to use more self-control through our growing knowledge and faith in God.  As we gain more self-control we become more able to persevere through our trials because of our growing faith.  As we gain in perseverance we become more united with God and reflect more of His godliness.  As we reflect more of His godliness we gain more affection for all His creation.  As we gain affection for more of His creation we find it grows into love.  As our love grows for God and for others all the other traits grow.  Each one feeds the others.  Our question is are we willing to take the effort and diligence to follow through in order to become more one with Jesus, our Lord and God’s only Son and with God the Father?  If yes, ask His Holy Spirit for continual in filling of His gifts and we will grow in Him.

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