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Bible Reflection: Growing in Your Faith in the Lord


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Growing in Your Faith in the Lord

Becoming More Diligent in Your Spiritual Life

by J.M. Troppello


I love this passage of Scripture from 2 Peter 1:5-11 because it shows how when you abound in faith and these other 7 qualities, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. I want to be fruitful in the knowledge of the Lord.


5 But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, 6 to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, 7 to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. 8 For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins. 5 But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, 6 to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, 7 to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. 8 For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins. 10 Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble; 11 for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. (2 Peter 1:5-11, NKJV)

Digging Deeper


The keyword in this passage is diligence. Peter urges believers to diligently add the following 7 qualities to their faith.


  • Virtue

  • Knowledge

  • Self-control

  • Perseverance

  • Godliness

  • Brotherly Kindness

  • Love


Again, as I mentioned at the beginning of the article, when you add these 7 qualities to your faith, you’ll be fruitful in the knowledge of the Lord. Peter continues in this passage to say that if believers lack any of these qualities, they are shortsighted, even to blindness. These believers have forgotten that they were cleansed from their old sins.


In my physical body, I am near-sighted. I wear glasses and sometimes contacts. I don’t like having this physical limitation. However, it is what it is, and I’ve learned how to adapt to it. But I don’t want to learn how to adapt to spiritual shortsightedness or spiritual blindness.


I want to be clear in my spiritual vision because I’m continually growing in my walk with the Lord. A huge step forward in attaining spiritual vision is to add those seven qualities to my faith each day as I become more fruitful in the knowledge of the Lord.


Have you been adding those qualities to your faith daily?



Article syndicated by Mustard Seed Sentinel on Medium.com.

 

About the Author


JM Troppello in Mustard Seed Sentinel

J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.


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