Things Christians are Commanded to Add to Their Faith - 1 Peter 1:6-7, Galatians 5:22-23
Second Peter 1:3-15 says we must add to our faith:
Goodness, Knowledge, Self-control, Perseverance, Godliness, Brotherly kindness, and Love.
Galatians 5:22-23 offers a similar list – the Fruit of the Spirit:
Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, Self-control.
Both lists highlight character traits Christ produces in His children.
Second Peter says we grow in these areas through an increasing knowledge of Christ. To know Christ is to love Him.
Galatians 5 says we grow in these areas as we deny our fleshy desires. To Love Christ is to obey Him (John 14:23).
Our character is transformed by God’s Word (Romans 12:1-2) and forged in trials and self-denial (1 Peter 1:6-7).
If we are not increasingly growing in godly character, or if we find our faith lacking in an area, some would tell us not to worry because God loves us anyway. That’s not Biblical. God’s love offers transforming grace, not cheap grace (Titus 2:11-13).
To know Him is to love Him. To love Him is to obey Him.
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