A Fresh List For My Heart

“5 …applying all diligence, in your FAITH supply MORAL EXCELLENCE, and in your moral excellence, KNOWLEDGE, 6 and in your knowledge, SELF-CONTROL, and in your self-control, PERSEVERANCE, and in your perseverance, GODLINESS, 7 and in your godliness, BROTHERLY KINDNESS, and in your brotherly kindness, LOVE. 8 for if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they render you neither useless nor unfruitful in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” [2 Peter 1.5-8]

Solid counsel from Peter, an apostle who had learned a few things (!) in his life in the literal presence of Jesus. Consider him after his blunders in those days and much later during Jesus’ clear call -and calling him out- on the beach after Jesus had been raised from the dead.

More lessons still considering his later blunders re. Paul’s rebuke pertaining to Jewish-Gentile believer’s issues.

Finally consider what tradition tells us was Peter’s own martyrdom due to his deep love for Jesus and the people of God.

The wise apostle accents these eight essential areas which a true disciple of Jesus must cultivate continually throughout one’s life in order to be truly fruitful regarding a “TRUE [my emphasis] knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

FAITH

MORAL EXCELLENCE

KNOWLEDGE

SELF-CONTROL

PERSEVERANCE

GODLINESS

BROTHERLY KINDNESS

LOVE

Note the English “effort” or “diligence” shows up here and elsewhere in the wider text.

The Greek re. that term means: “speed, haste, diligence, earnestness, enthusiasm”

So are we really going for it, getting after these virtues in our daily walk with God?

Are these eight what I, you, your closest friends, our heroes, people we respect most are making effort to grow in?

God help me and us!

As always, thanks for stopping by. -Glenn

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