Saturday, March 26, 2016

Moral excellence and self-control

2 Peter 1:3-11
right teaching and living
Wow!  My previous blog entry, God led me on Monday already in His word about right teaching and living and now again!...this time in 2 Peter 1 also regarding right teaching and living.
god made you new
let it be seen in the way you live 
By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvellous glory and excellence. And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires.
In view of all this, make every effort to respond to God’s promises.
 moral excellence and self-control
Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence, and moral excellence with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with patient endurance, and patient endurance with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love for everyone.
The more you grow like this, the more productive and useful you will be in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But those who fail to develop in this way are short-sighted or blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their old sins.
So, dear brothers and sisters, work hard to prove that you really are among those God has called and chosen. Do these things, and you will never fall away. Then God will give you a grand entrance into the eternal Kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
(Paul also says in Titus 2:2 that we should exercise self-control and that we must be filled with love and patience.)

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