Word full Wednesday
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.
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 whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins.
2 Peter 1:5-9
Even though the Bible is a very large and daunting book I often think of how succinct the verses are.
Just those five lines from 2 Peter pack quite a wallop!
One could be busy for a lifetime just trying to follow these five lines.
I find myself thinking about how these qualities seem scarce in the world today and I think about folks that do not even try to possess them.
And then my thoughts turn inward and I remember that though the Bible is a book for everyone, when I am reading it, it speaks specifically to me. It’s not my job to save the world, or judge anyone else, or cast stones. It’s my job to follow the word of the Lord.
He is telling us to possess these things in increasing measure. He is telling us it’s not enough to have faith, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, mutual affection, and love. We need to have them in increasing measure. We need to be continually reaching for more. More is better.
The goal is to be effective and productive in our knowledge and not forgetful but aware of Christ in our lives.