2 Peter 1:5-7 (NKJV) 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.
The subtitle for verses 5 through 11 of Second Peter chapter 1 is “Fruitful Growth in the Faith”. Growing in faith is to be done diligently, that is in a way that shows care and conscientiousness in your responsibility and duty to grow in faith. And our faith is to have an effect in all areas of our lives. The Christian life is one in which we grow and develop in faith. You see, if your faith is not growing, then it is dying. That is the only two processes that occurs in our Christian life. A child of God grows in faith. And the Apostle Peter lists several attributes which characterizes our growth. Peter says, now that we have been saved by faith in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, we are to grow in faith. First, Peter says, we ought to display virtue in our lives. Meaning we ought to possess strength, valor, courage and excellence. We need to have courage to stand for what is right. We ought to stand up and be counted for God. And we need courage to share the Word of God to others. Second, we ought to grow in our knowledge of God. We ought to know God in His salvation. Meaning, we are to grow in our knowledge of God towards an epignosis, a “super knowledge” of God through the Holy Spirit who establishes the Word of God in our hearts. The Holy Spirit makes the Word of God, the Bible, real to you. Meaning, the Holy Spirit confirms to your heart that the Bible is the very spoken Word of God, then and only then will you experience growth in your faith. Third, we as believers ought to possess temperance or self-control in every area of our lives. Fourth, we need to possess patience so that we can endure when the storms of trials and tribulations comes into our lives. Patience is endurance, and it is built upon our knowledge of God and the courage we gain through the power of the Holy Spirit. Fifth, we ought to possess godliness. Meaning, we as children of God, ought to be more like our Heavenly Father in our character. In our desire to be more like God, we honor, glorify, praise and worship Him. In this, we demonstrate our dependence upon God. And we devote our lives to Him. Sixth, we ought to possess brotherly kindness. In other words, we ought to have love for our brothers and sisters in Christ. It is sweet joy to have a loving relationship with other believers. And lastly, we as believers ought to possess love, that is the love of God, an agape love. Meaning, we ought to love sinners as God loves them, and us for that matter. How, do we love unbelievers? We show them love by sharing with them the message of salvation. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16 NKJV). My friend, God loved sinners enough to redeem them with the substitutional sacrifice of His Son Jesus Christ. And by the way “sinners” includes you and me. We reveal our love for unbelievers not by participating in their sin. Rather, we love them by introducing them to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. These are the seven attributes that we are to develop in our lives so that we can fruitfully grow in faith.
God Bless and have a great day in God’s Word.