2 Peter 1:4-8 (NIV) – …may [you] participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. 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.
In today’s passage, we are given clear instructions on how to avoid being “ineffective and unproductive”—which is another way of saying ‘being dead’ (ref. Rev 3:2). The way we participate in God’s divine nature is to continually grow and add to our faith, instead of it being stagnant and inactive. The encouragement for today is to pray to have faith that is continually growing in the goodness of the Lord. This the foundational truth of the gospel, that He is so, so, so good to us. To then add to goodness the knowledge of our Lord through His word. Today as you open God’s word, pray that you will be filled the knowledge of Him, where He increases and we decrease. The result of having our faith continually growing in goodness and knowledge, is that we will grow in godly character—in self-control, perseverance, godliness, and loving affection towards one another.
Today may your faith grow as you pray through each of the characteristics of the divine life! As you pray, worship with this song, “Who You Say I Am,” for this is who we are—The children of God.