2 PETER 1:5-7 5 applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence, …knowledge, 6 …self-control, … perseverance, … godliness, 7 …brotherly kindness, and… love.
The scripture provides the result of increasing or lacking growth in these qualities.
2 PETER 1:8-9 8 For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being useless and unfruitful in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 The person who lacks these things is blind and short-sighted and has forgotten the cleansing from his past sins. CSB
To keep from being useless, unfruitful, blind, short-sighted or forgetting my cleansing from sins. I will examine myself: I will REVIEW my recent actions, motives, thoughts and words against each quality; CONFESS where I have sinned against God & others; REPENT of this sin, asking God for forgiveness and help [a] to change my heart and [b] my persevering to turn from sin.
- faith– “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” [Romans 10:17 NKJV].
- moral excellence–[goodness– virtuous–righteous]—Jesus was good to people by helping, healing, encouraging, warning and telling the way to the Kingdom of God. Knowing God is good, be good to people and be a good person. “35 For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; 36 naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.’… 40 Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.” [Matthew 25:35-36,40] REVIEW- Have I been a good person recently? CONFESS; REPENT
- knowledge–His divine power has given us everything required for life and godliness a through the knowledge b of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness. [2 Peter 1:3 HCSB [a– holiness; b– Bible knowledge and relationship knowledge–by knowing intimately and experientially the power Source.] An intimate relationship with Jesus requires spending time with Him in His Word daily, seeks the Holy Spirit’s guidance, prayer, memorizing scripture, and applying Bible promises and commands. As this process continues a more intimate relationship will develop with Jesus. REVIEW- Did I spend time with the Jesus yesterday? CONFESS; REPENT
- self-control– Self-control is the the ninth fruit of the Holy Spirit in a surrendered believers life. The believer has the Power available to make a practice of controlling emotions, making righteous decisions, and dealing with the pleasures and temptations of life. REVIEW- Did my actions demonstrate that I gave up control of my life to the Holy Spirit yesterday? CONFESS; REPENT
- perseverance–[steadfastness–endurance–patience]–handling the pressures, trials, tests and problems of life as I relate to other people. This requires God’s grace, faith one day at a time, while trusting and waiting on God, sometimes for years. REVIEW- Have I been patient recently? CONFESS; REPENT. [Here is an approach to problem solving that can be followed every time a problem, test or trial comes.] Problem Solving
- godliness–[holiness–God-likeness]—15 But as the one who called you is holy, you also are to be holy in all your conduct; 16 for it is written, Be holy, because I am holy. [1 Peter 1:15-16 CSB] Holiness is doing the will of God, putting others first, loving God and others, does the right thing, following example set by Jesus. REVIEW- Was I holy yesterday? CONFESS; REPENT
- brotherly kindness– if we love Jesus we must also love and be kind to others. “In everything,…treat people the same way you want them to treat you,…” [Matthew 7:12]; 3 Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; …5 Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus,… 8 Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. [Philippians 2:3-8] REVIEW- Have I been kind to others? CONFESS; REPENT
- love– “agape” love, sacrificial love of Christ as He went to the cross. The love that the Holy Spirit produces in our hearts as we walk in the Spirit, enabling believers to love God and others, even our enemies, those that persecute us and people different from us. “For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome.” [I John 5:3] REVIEW-Recently how did my love for God and others compare to the love of Jesus? CONFESS; REPENT
The Church from 30 to 350 AD grew to 56% of the world population because believers exhibited these qualities. [ 5 Reasons Christianity increased to 56% of world population by 350 AD. ]
Henry Luke November 7, 2016; last revised 4/29/2017; 5/4/2017