"Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence, and in your moral excellence, knowledge, and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness, and in your godliness, brotherly kindness, and in your brotherly kindness, love."
2 Peter 1:5-7
2 Peter 1:5-7
Right before Peter wrote these God-breathed words, he'd just finished explaining how the child of God has been given the gift of faith; that the child of God is wrapped in the righteousness of Jesus Christ; that the child of God has been given power to image Jesus more and more and this power is activated through the knowledge of Jesus Christ; that the glory and excellence of Jesus called us to salvation; that by the glory and excellence of Jesus we have magnificent promises, and, we've been made to partake in the nature of God and this has caused us to escape the decaying world system.
To be brought from spiritual death into eternal life through Jesus Christ is amazingly breathtaking, isn't it?
The person and work of Jesus on our behalf, that He would give Himself to save us, calls for a correspondingly amazing response on our part and the Holy Spirit through Peter gives us seven qualities of which we are to increasingly supply - with constant, maximum effort.
Moral excellence - high moral, godly standards.
Knowledge - of God and His Word. (Requires being in the Word.)
Self-control - holding our passions and appetites and desires under control.
Perseverance - having patience and endurance in doing what is right, without giving in, giving up, or complaining.
Godliness - honoring and adoring God with proper thoughts, actions, and feelings.
Brotherly kindness - having a fervent practical caring for others.
Love - seeking and supplying the highest good of another at the cost of even our lives.
How hard is your effort?
Where can you increase?
Not so Jesus will love you. You are greatly loved and the love Jesus has for you will never stop and will be as great and as vast as it is now, throughout eternity.
Put forth the effort, because of His great love for you. God is glorious and wonderful in loving us and redeeming us. Our response is to magnify His worthiness by being...
...just like Him.