5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love.
In this passage Peter writes for us to “add to our faith.” Once we receive salvation through faith in Christ, we start a process known as sanctification, which is the process of God making us holy and conforming us into the image of Christ. So, while we are justified 100% through faith, God still calls us to ‘add to our faith’ by abiding in Him and letting His Spirit produce fruit in our lives. There are many references to the fruit of the spirit in the Bible, and here Peter lists some of those qualities: goodness, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness and love.
Thoughts for the day
- What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
- What does this passage tell you about humanity?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
- Is there anyone you think should hear or will benefit from this message? Go and tell them.
Stop and pray for someone who is near to you right now, someone you can see.