17 October 2019 – 2 Peter 1:5-7 (NIV)

17 October 2019 – 2 Peter 1:5-7 (NIV)

Scripture

For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love.

Reflection

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.

Prayer

Stop and pray for someone who is near to you right now, someone you can see.

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Charlie Engelmann - Elder
Charlie Engelmann currently serving his third term as an elder of SCF. He is the director of Pepperdine University's Shanghai residential program and has lived in China on and off since 2001. He and his wife, Judith, have three kids: Ethan, Evangeline and EJ.