Make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love.
—2 Peter 1:5-7
Thoughts on Today’s Verse…
Sometimes we get so frightened by the thought of “works-won” salvation that we forget that love and grace ultimately call us to action, and not just reflection. Action means effort. That’s exactly what Peter is calling us to make — “every effort.” Peter explains why this effort is important in the next few verses. “If we possess these qualities in increasing measure,” they help us be productive in our knowledge of Jesus! Let’s be productive! As we make “every effort,” we can be assured that the Holy Spirit is the power at work producing the fruit that makes effectiveness possible! (cf. Galatians 5:22-25)
Mold me and make me, Father, more perfectly conformed to your will and more perfectly consistent with your character. I do not pray this for my glory, but so that you can more effectively use me to share your blessings and grace with those around me. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
The Thoughts and Prayer on Today’s Verse are written by Phil Ware. You can email questions or comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.