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Day 34

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5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. 8 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. 9 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

xINTRODUCTION

Peter’s second letter was written to a group to whom he had previously written. Peter’s goal in writing this second letter was to urge his readers to grow in Christian maturity & to be on guard against false teachers. He wanted them to be grounded theologically & to understand that a key to being able to guard against false teachers was to be spiritually mature. Our reading from Chapter 1 is his foundation of urging his readers to spiritual maturity & growth. 
xPRAYER
Lord, I pray that You would help us to grow more mature with each passing day. Grant us wisdom and knowledge to discern words that give life from words that stunt life and growth. xAMEN  
xQUESTIONS FROM TODAY’S READING
  • What is the ‘reason’ Peter is referencing in Verse 5?

  • What are the virtues Peter gives us to add to our faith?

  • Why should we seek to add these virtues to our life? (see vs 8)

  • On what foundation do we pursue adding these attributes? (see verse 9)

xAPPLICATION FROM TODAY’S READING

Peter gives us 7 virtues that we are to add to our life. Our faith in Jesus is the foundation on which we are to build these virtues. 

God’s divine power enables us to add self-control (& the other 6 virtues) to our faith.

  • It is through intimate knowledge of Jesus that we are able to grow spiritually, access His divine power and walk-in self-control & the other 6 virtues. 
  • As we add these virtues, we become more like Christ.

To bear self-control means to have one’s passions under control.

  • Write down an experience you have had where you or someone else did not practice self-control. How did this positively or negatively affect you & those around you?

As mentioned above, it is God’s divine power (access through spending time with Him) that we are able to become a person of self-control.

  • Write down 2 ways you can practice self-control today.
  • *Revisit this at the end of the day and write down how you practiced self-control & how it changed things around you. 

Peter uses language for these 7 virtues to describe them in musical fashion.

  • Faith is the melody line of the chorus, while the 7 virtues (goodness, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, mutual affection, & love) are the harmony.
  • This chorus leads us to a life of Christian growth & spiritual productivity. But this means we are always becoming stronger & better at these virtues through Christ’s power.
xPRAYER TO PRAY FOR YOURSELF & YOUR FAMILY IN THIS SEASON OF LIFE
Heavenly Father, thank You for giving us scripture that not only feeds our souls but helps us feed the souls of those around us. May our life be a melody that is pleasing to You. xAMEN

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