I am still developing this Bible study series based on 2 Peter 1:5-8. I find as I search the scriptures I keep stumbling across passages that are appropriate for the parts I have already written, so I go back and add them in. This entire study is still under construction. This page is to help keep the individual posts better connected so visitors to my page can find all of the parts that I have written.
God’s Growth Plan
2 Peter 1:5-8 (click on this link and you may choose to read other translations of this verse)
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, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, 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. –New International Version (NIV1984)
I see in this verse a definite progression of growth, and that is the basis of my study on this verse. Verse 8 gives us an extra push to help us recognize the importance of growing in our faith. Who in their right mind would ever be satisfied to be ineffective and unproductive? If we are truly Christ’s servants, we will take seriously our efforts to grow in our knowledge of, and in our relationship with Jesus Christ.
We begin our journey when we step out in faith and believe in God. At that point we determine to be good, to discontinue any behaviors that we know would displease God. But if we are to take our faith seriously, we must also grow in knowledge of God’s Word, the Bible. Then we will discover new truths which may bring to light other hidden sins that we were initially unaware of. It may take much self-control and perseverance to overcome these bad behaviors that need correcting, but if we are successful, we will become more godly and better able to express brotherly kindness to all people. The greatest outcome of our faith is love, not only to those who it is easy to love, but also to those who are hateful to us, even to our worst enemies. Grow with me as we begin to dig into these eight stepping stones to a closer walk with Jesus so that we will not become ineffective and unproductive in our Christian walk.
Brotherly kindness – Our relationships with others will reflect God’s love.
Love – God’s love knows no limits – neither should ours.
Scripture quoted by permission. Quotations designated (NIV) are from THE HOLY BIBLE: NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House. All rights reserved.