Monday, May 9, 2011

Let me remind you: Do not be blinded or short-sighted!

“Therefore, I will always be ready to remind you of these things, even though you already know them, and have been established in the truth which is present with you."
2 Peter 1:12

Jesus has granted us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and virtue.  He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises.

And for this reason we can:

Apply all diligence in our faith--

Apply moral virtue--

And in our moral virtue apply knowledge--

And in our knowledge apply self-control--

And in our self-control apply perseverance--

And in perseverance apply godliness--

And in our godliness apply brotherly kindness--

And in our brotherly kindness apply love.

How beautiful it is to see how each quality builds on the others until we are able, through Him, to express kindness and then love.

In this world it is easy enough to be kind and loving to the lovely, but so very difficult, if not impossible, to express kindness and love to the hardened unlovely.  If we begin at the top of this 2 Peter list and follow through, then we are able to express true kindness and true love to a broken world.

Precious women, let us not be blind or short-sighted, forgetting our purification from our sins, but let us be diligent!  Let these qualities be always increasing in us so that we will be useful and fruitful in the wonderful true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
From 2 Peter 1:1-12

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