God’s divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness.
What is that God has given everything to us in this life?
The knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ through His revealed Word
Our knowledge of God is the key to the life and godliness.
Peter calls the promises we have in God’s word - very great and precious
God’s promises enable us two things.
To participate in HIS nature and to escape the corruption of this world
Anyone who accepts the forgiveness offered as a free gift by Lord Jesus Christ, is saved by HIS grace and through our faith in HIM.
That faith is not enough to lead a Christian life or to escape the corruptions of this world.
So Peter tell us that we need to add to our faith important ingredients that will help us to become mature Christians and to become what the Lord wants us to be in this world.
These are called character traits of a believer of Lord Jesus.
So we add to our faith things that will take us thru lifelong sanctification process.
Faith is the prerequisite to add these Christian traits.
GOODNESS or VIRTUE---Moral Excellence.
Our relationship with Lord Jesus compels us to be a person of character.
Someone puts it beautifully, “Your ideal is what you wish you were.Your reputation is what people say you are.
Your character is what you really are.”
In this context the knowledge is referred to the deeper things of Christian life from the Word of God.
Spiritual knowledge that comes from Bible enable us gain higher standards of character.
3. SELF CONTROL
Danger of compromise and fall for “everybody is doing so why not I.”
Temperance or self-control is added to our moral fiber.
Perseverance is patience or Hang in there
No matter what we go thru just hang in there.
Person of character faces all circumstances just trusting the Lord no matter what.
Godliness is holiness
"Godliness is a spirit of reverence and respect to God in all matters."
Holiness is the core and essence of the purity of the inward heart.
6. MUTUAL AFFECTION AND LOVE
We are commanded to love one another.
If we can’t love our brother who we can see, how can we love God who is unseen?
Possessing these Christian characters, we mature, we grow, we escape temptations, and we get a great welcome into HIS
Remember my friend our faith is validated through our actions.
A child of God should produce radical change in our thinking and our actions.
As we intentionally pursue and cultivate them in our lives, we will enter into a deeper level of the abundant life Lord Jesus promised us.