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Is It Worth The Effort?

"His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of Him.....For this very reason add to your faith...virtue....knowledge...self-control...perseverance...godliness...brotherly if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ" (2 Peter 1:1, 5-8).

For a little over a month, my devotionals have been based on the importance of the qualities mentioned by the apostle Peter here in his second epistle. We can see in verse eight why these virtues are so important. If we want to be of value to God in His kingdom, it is necessary for us to grow in our knowledge of Him. I think that he puts an exclamation point on the importance of obtaining these graces, by saying that if we possess them in increasing amounts, that we will be effective and productive.....Hmmmmmm....Effective and productive....In just about all aspects of our lives, isn't this how we want to be? Effective and productive family members....Effective and productive church members....Effective and productive students or employees...Effective and productive members of society.

As we look at these eight virtues we can easily see that acquiring them and increasing in them will take effort. You may ask the question; Is it worth all this effort? And Peter and I will answer, YES! YES! YES! Peter is a lot smarter than I am though. He can give us all the reasons why the effort will not be in vain. Verse 2 says that grace and peace will be ours in abundance. Verse 3 tells us that we will have everything necessary for life and godliness. Verse 9 explains that without these virtues that we will be nearsighted or blind about our cleansing. And lastly, verse 11 states that with them we will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom.

I hope that these devotionals have encouraged us all to be steadfast in obtaining and increasing in these wonderful eight virtues. They will make our lives richer, more effective and worthwhile. Since these devotional were actually Peter's, I will let him close this one as he closes his epistle..."But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever! Amen." (3:18).

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