Reflecting on God’s Word . . .

2 Peter 1:3-8 NLT

[3] By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence.

[4] And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires.

[5] In view of all this, make every effort to respond to God’s promises. Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence, and moral excellence with knowledge,

[6] and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with patient endurance, and patient endurance with godliness,

[7] and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love for everyone.

[8] The more you grow like this, the more productive and useful you will be in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Reflection . . .

God has given us everything we need to live godly lives and we are to make every effort to respond to His promises by generously supplementing our faith with . . .

  • Moral Excellence
  • Knowledge
  • Self-control
  • Patient Endurance
  • Godliness
  • Brotherly Affection
  • Love for Everyone

We become more productive and useful the more we grow in these things.

How do we grow in these things?

We grow in these things through the spiritual disciplines of:

  • Reading, meditating on and studying God’s Word (The Bible)
  • Prayer and communication with the Lord, which involves listening to the Holy Spirit’s prompts in your life.
  • Being in community with others where we can practice these things.

These Spiritual Disciplines are not easy, they take time and effort to do, and they are often painful. Like most things if we don’t exercise them or put them into practice, we don’t grow or improve. Take a few moments to pray and ask the Lord to help you dedicate time and effort into these Spiritual Disciplines.