by: Shelly McGraw
2 Peter 1; 2 Peter 2; 2 Peter 3; Romans 1; Romans 2; Psalm 19:1-4
No matter how long we’ve had a relationship with Jesus, or how spiritually mature we think we are, we still need to regularly refresh our faith and remind our fickle emotions and prideful mind how God is calling us to live.
In this week’s reading, Peter gives a clear warning about lacking certain qualities in our daily walk with God:
5 …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, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, 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. ~ 2 Peter 1:5-8
If we fail to maintain these qualities, we will soon find ourselves sliding back toward spiritual immaturity. If a change of direction isn’t made, spiritual immaturity will lead to spiritual blindness.
The longer we allow ourselves to stumble through spiritual blindness, the more unproductive and ineffective we become.
9 But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins.
10 Therefore, my brothers and sisters, make every effort to confirm your calling and election. For if you do these things, you will never stumble, 11 and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. ~2 Peter 1:9-11
Peter is giving us the blueprint for how to become spiritually mature and, just as important, how to stay spiritual mature no matter how wonderful or painful our life is at any given moment.
It isn’t a coincidence that in the very next chapter we read about Peter’s warnings of false teachers and their destruction.
Spiritual blindness not only creates a wedge in our personal relationship with God, but fruitless in our ability to serve Him.
It also puts us in danger of either being swept away by false teaching, or become a false teacher.
Striving to maintain goodness, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, mutual affection, and love cannot be accomplished on our own but there is always hope.
We can call upon the Holy Spirit to help us have faith and renew our minds toward Christ Jesus.
21 But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. 22 This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. ~ Romans 3:21-24
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