II peter 1:3-8

“His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness. through these He has given us His very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.  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, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. for if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

the sermon at church tonight was amazing.  i have read this passage before.  i have heard preaching on this passage before.  but tonight, something was different.  don’t you love that about the Word of God?  i felt a motivation inside to do my life a little better.

one of the ideas i had during the service was to make a list of the above qualities and figure out what it means for me to pursue each one.  i’m not ready to post my ideas on here-too much accountability!  but, i did share my ideas with josh and we’re both going to make lists.  

i can read about goodness, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness, and love.  i can think about all of those things.  but, what do they look like in my life?  i want to know.  i want to put effort into living them, with increasing measure.  i want to see what my life looks like that way. it feels like it will look beautiful.  i want a beautiful life.  

want to make a list?  maybe someday we can share them with each other.  

1.  goodness

2.  knowledge

3. self-control

4.  perseverance

5.  godliness

6.  brotherly kindness

7.  love

oh, and don’t forget, it all starts with our faith in Christ.  then we build on our faith with the above virtues.

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