For What It’s Worth,
Consider These Additions to Your Christian Faith



By E. J. Bradshaw

While sleeping, a little boy fell out of bed; and when his mother asked why, he replied, “I guess I stayed too close to where I got in.” Those of us who have been made righteous through faith in Jesus Christ “have been given by God all things that pertain to life and godliness”…also, “We have been given exceedingly great and precious promises that through these we may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” 2 Peter 1:3-4.

God’s will is that we be holy even as He is holy. 1 Peter 1:15-16. He has given us all that we need to accomplish His will. The sacrifice by Jesus should motivate us to live righteously, and “The Holy Spirit works in us both to will and do of His good pleasure.” Philippians 2:13.

So, what are we to do? In 2 Peter 1:5-9, the Apostle gives us the following instruction; “With all diligence, add to your faith virtue (or moral excellence, goodness that impresses others). To virtue, we are to add knowledge (knowledge of spiritual truth). This comes from hours of reading and meditating upon God’s Word and by observing as God works. Peter ends his second letter by admonishing, “But grow (keep growing) in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 2 Peter 3:18.

To knowledge, we are to keep adding temperance or self control. We should wrestle self to the ground and take control of our tongue and temper and time and temperament, and our temporal possessions. If we do not control these, they will control us!

To self control, we are to add patience or that ability to stay under the load. It means that we finish what we start. We keep on growing in the grace of our Lord and performing whatever task He has assigned.

To patience, we are to add godliness or God likeness. Our role model is Jesus, and our instruction manual is the Bible; but godliness is the result of daily prayer and resolve to be like Jesus.

To godliness we are instructed to add brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, we are to add love. These attributes are the fruit of the Holy Spirit; but without your desire and diligent effort, the fruit will not grow. Add these attributes to your experience of faith, “And if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that you shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 2 Peter 1:8.

You may contact E. J. Bradshaw at 337-238-0440;
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