“…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.” 2 Peter 1:5-8
We have an active part to play in the development of ‘character qualities’ and the fruit of the Spirit in our lives. We are to “make every effort” to add these qualities to our life, and to grow in our development of them so that we are not ineffective and unproductive in sharing our knowledge of Jesus. It’s not enough to know Jesus. We are expected to live on mission with him - loving, serving, and reaching our world with his gospel. Our character testifies to Christ’s transforming work in our lives and to our surrender to his Lordship.
Can others see that we belong to the Lord Jesus Christ, and that we know him?
Lord Jesus, you are my King and I offer to you again today, all that I am. Fill me with your life and Spirit so that your qualities are expressed in and through me.