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The Adorning Of A Christian

"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, kindness; and to kindness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love..." (2 Pet.1:5-7).

It is not altogether unusual for the New Testament to string together lists of vices (bad stuff) or lists of virtues (good stuff). For most of us, the best known of these are the apostle Paul's writings in the book of Galatians... He lists the bad stuff followed by the good stuff in Gal.5:19-23. Not too far behind in terms of frequency of citation is the list of "Christian graces" that are found in today's verses from 2 Peter. If you want to do a bit of "comparison shopping," why don't you compare what we commonly know as the "fruit of the Spirit" in Gal.5:22-23 with today's list from 2 Peter. They overlap with a few points. Both of them include faith, love, kindness, and self-control, but after those, they go their separate ways... Lists of vices or virtues can provide quick and convenient reference points. If you are a social person, you probably recognize that the personalities and habits of people, including ourselves, are complex. Along with this, the proper "Christlike" response can at times be elusive.... For example, how would one balance being generous with a beggar against feeding into an alcohol or drug problem, when being generous might be supporting irresponsibility. That's a tough one, isn't it... It is against this backdrop that we will look at a rather complicated issue this week. In the absence of a direct word from God for each individual, God gives Christians these broad principles to guide them. The principles are summarized in lists like the one found in 2 Peter 1:5-7. Why don't we all read and meditate on 2 Peter 1:5-15 to get us prepared this week's devotionals. This might be helpful to all of us.

Have a great start to your week... Begin it with a RAK or two.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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