If you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will help you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Peter 1: 8 [NIV]
We have been looking at seven qualities or virtues which are stepping stones to greater Christian maturity. Peter has said that cultivating such things as goodness, self-control, perseverance and brotherly kindness will help us to grow as Christians.
Now he adds to this by saying If you possess these qualities in increasing measure they will help you... So we are not to adopt a tick-box mentality to them. These are not merely targets for a crash course in spirituality, but life-long objectives. We will never finish with them because we can keep growing in them.
On the other hand, Peter writes,
But if anyone does not have them, he is short-sighted and blind and has forgotten that he has been cleansed from his past sins. [verse 9]
As Christians we know that, because of Jesus, our sins have been forgiven and we have been adopted as children of God. Understanding this and responding to God’s love in faith is the defining point in our lives. Nothing is more important. We have been born again to a new hope; we are a new creation; we have moved from death to life!
Growing in our new lives, just as babies grow into adults, should be a priority for each of us.
Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever! Amen. 2 Peter 3: 18 [NIV]
Lord, please show me what I need to do to grow as a Christian.
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