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Adding To Our Faith


"For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith, goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self control; and to self control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love" (2 Peter 1:5-8).

Science tells us that living organisms cannot remain static. Either an organism is constantly growing and developing, or it is slowly dying. All living things change, and no organisms can maintain a "status quo" for very long. This observation is no less true when it comes to the Christian life. A Christian is either constantly growing and developing in Christ, or his or her spiritual life is in a declining spiral. Every Christian is constantly changing in one direction or the other. A Christian can also not maintain a "status quo" existence for very long.

Peter gives the prescribed order for this growth and development in 2 Peter, chapter 1...Today's verses...It appears that Peter is saying that faith is our starting point or birth. Once we have faith, we need to grow and develop as Christians. To do this, we must add to our faith some other very important qualities. Our faith is like a car on the assembly line. It starts as the frame or chassis. (faith) We would look like Fred Flintstone if we tried to drive this car. As the car moves down the line, important parts are added that make it drivable, comfortable, and hopefully efficient.

The concept of "adding to our faith" here is an interesting one. In this context I think it means to supply what is lacking. Peter is telling us here how we can and must grow as Christians. Our belief, faith, and trust is God is our "frame.".....Our foundation..If we are to grow and mature as Christians we need to build upon it.

Peter lists seven qualities that we must add to our faith in order to maintain growth. The order is not an arbitrary one. The order is important.... It is a logical progression.

I do not pretend to be a Greek scholar, but the original language suggests that it is in the exercise of faith that one acquires virtue.(goodness or moral excellence)..In the exercise of virtue, one acquires knowledge and so forth...Each successive quality is a way of acquiring the next...

In our spiritual growth, the Christian can defy the science laws, by growing and maturing their entire lives. It is a challenge to us to get better and better each day. I would like to talk about some of these qualities in future devotionals.

Have a great day...Let your light shine for Him...Love mark Phil. 4:11

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