For this very reason, 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, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. 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. But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins.
Therefore, my brothers and sisters, make every effort to confirm your calling and election. For if you do these things, you will never stumble, and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. (1 Peter 1:3-11, NIV)
Peter tells us that we have received God’s promise of the divine power that comes from our submission to the lordship of Jesus Christ. Each of us was called by God and given the divine power to carry out our calling. Through the power of Christ, we can be His ambassadors in a world full of corruption and evil. Peter also tells us that although we have received such divine power, we must work hand-in-hand with the Lord.
We were created with a free will, and although we have the power of Christ, we must lineup our will with the will of the Father in order to be all that God has called us to be. Peter tells us that faith is the first step. The following steps are more difficult, which requires us to rely on the perfector of our faith, who is Jesus Christ.
We must not stop on our spiritual journey with just saving faith. We must strive to grow as Christians by adding goodness, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, mutual affection, which all bring us into love. When we achieve maturity in all these things, then the love of Christ will be seen in you and through you to this fallen world in which we live. May the divine power that was promised to you be evident in all you do. May you grow into the love of God that demonstrates no partiality, no unforgiveness, but pure mercy and grace.
Be blessed in all you do!
Your brother in Christ,