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“The 8 Qualities of 2 Peter”

 

"Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence, and in your moral excellence, knowledge, and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self control, perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness, and in your godliness, brotherly-kindness, and in your brotherly-kindness, love." 2 Peter 1:5-7

The goal our elders have put before us this quarter involves these 8 characteristics:

Faith; Moral Excellence; Knowledge; Self-Control; Perseverance; Godliness; Brotherly-kindness; Love

These are the qualities of a growing Christian, one who is becoming more and more like Jesus. We can see each of these 8 in our Savior - He demonstrates them perfectly. These characteristics are not easy to grasp. They require focus, effort, time and sacrifice. They have to deal with your thoughts and your speech, your relationship with others and your relationship with God. But if you are able to apply these traits in your life, Peter says that "they render you neither useless nor unfruitful in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ" (2 Peter 1:8). He also said, "for as long as you practice these things, you will never stumble; for in this way the entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be abundantly supplied to you." (2 Peter 1:10-11). What a wonderful blessing given to those who are actively giving their best to apply these traits in their lives. 

Which of the 8 are you strongest in? Which of the 8 are you weakest in? Based on how you answer that question, you'll know where to begin today! Something you'll realize is that by putting your focus on one characteristic, perhaps one you're weaker in, not only will you grow stronger in that trait, but all other traits will become stronger too. Someone who deepens their faith is one who is growing in the grace and knowledge of the Lord (2 Peter 3:18), and is practicing self-control to read, think, and develop that faith, and will live out that faith through brotherly-kindness and love towards others, which often requires much perseverance. So look at yourself and consider with what trait you need to begin, and start today!