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. But if anyone does not have them, he is nearsighted and blind, and has forgotten that he has been cleansed from his past sins. 2 Peter 1:5-9 (NIV)
Do you want to be effective and fruitful as you follow and serve me? Do you believe that I have given you everything you need to possess and live a godly life in increasing measure? Yes, I want to be fruitful and effective as I follow and serve you. I want to bear an abundance of fruit for your kingdom and your glory. I want my life to have made a difference and counted for something special. I know that apart from you I can do nothing of lasting and eternal value. There is nothing I want more than to be effective and fruitful as I follow and serve you. That is the desire of my heart. I am counting on you to make that happen in and through me. Yes, I can see that in you. I do believe that you have given me everything I need to possess and live a godly life in increasing measure. How have I done that for you? First you gave yourself for me. You paid for my sins on the cross. You made it so I could be forgiven and cleansed of all my unrighteousness. You broke the power of sin over my life. You have given me a new life to live as I follow you as my Savior and Lord. Yes, I have done all this for you. Your work in and for me has continued. How so? You have allowed me to know you. You have drawn me to you. As I spend time with you in your presence I am being changed day by day. You are teaching me your will and ways through your word. You are changing my heart and transforming my mind as I listen to all that you have to say to me. You are molding and shaping my life. You are making me into the person you want me to be. I am becoming more like you. Yes, I am doing all this in you, with you and for you so that you will be able to live the life that I have called you to live.
What will happen if you do or don’t possess godly qualities in increasing measure? What must you do if you want to possess godly qualities in increasing measure? If I don’t possess godly qualities in increasing measure I will not be able to live the life that you have called me to live. I will be ineffective and unfruitful for you. I will have lived a wasted life that wasn’t able to do what you have given me to do for you. That’s right. Why won’t this be true of you? I will keep coming to you to meet with you in your word. I will keep on listening to all that you have to say to me. I will continue to allow you to mold and shape my life. I will make every effort to possess godly qualities in increasing measure. Yes, you will.
Lord, thank you that I have been given everything I need for life and godliness as I follow you as my Savior and Lord. I will make every effort to possess godly qualities in increasing measure. I want to be effective and fruitful for you. Amen
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