Friday, 4 September 2015

HOW TO HAVE FRUITFUL GROWTH IN THE FAITH

II Peter 1:5-11 NKJV

 5 But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge,
 6 to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness,
 7 to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love.
 8 For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
 9 For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins.
 10 Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble;
 11 for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.


LET'S DO SOME MATHEMATICS

Faith+Virtue+Knowledge+Self-control+Perseverance+Godliness+Brotherly kindness+Love = Fruitful growth in the faith (II peter 1:8)



LET'S DO SOME ENGLISH (grammar)

FAITHComplete trust or confidence in someone or something (Oxford dictionaries)

VIRTUEBehaviour showing high moral standards (Oxford dictionaries)

KNOWLEDGEFacts, information, and skills acquired through experience or education; the theoretical or practical understanding of a subject (Oxford dictionaries)

SELF-CONTROLThe ability to control oneself, in particular one’s emotions and desires, especially in difficult situations (Oxford dictionaries)

PERSEVERANCEPersistence in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success (Oxford dictionaries)

GODLINESSThe quality of being devoutly religious; (Oxford dictionaries)

BROTHERLY KINDNESSThe Greek word for brotherly kindness is transliterated "philadelphia," a compound involving two words: "phileo" (love) and "adelphos" (brother). It literally means "the love of brothers." (http://www.bible.ca/ef/expository-2-peter-1-7a.htm)

LOVEA strong feeling of affection (Oxford dictionaries)



THE MESSAGE FROM THE BIBLE VERSES

The subject of this matter is You and I and this is what the bible verses is telling us.

 It is assumed we have a complete trust or confidence in God (FAITH), therefore, we need to add a behavior of high MORAL STANDARDS to our lives (VIRTUE), then we need to increase our theoretical and practical understanding of our fellow men and God (KNOWLEDGE), we must not forget the ability to control our desires and emotions especially when we are faced with difficult situations (SELF-CONTROL), in addition to this we must learn to constantly trust in the Lord in difficult situations or when we experience delays in what we desire of the Lord (PERSEVERANCE), in addition to that, we must increase the quality of our deep religous commitment (GODLINESS), we must also ensure that Kindness to one another is a paramount thing in our lives (BROTHERLY KINDNESS) and the greatest of all these, LOVE (see The greatest gift (love)) we must love those who love us, we must love those who doesn't love us and most importantly, we must love God.


The bible says; "if these things are yours and abound, YOU WILL NEITHER BE BARREN NOR UNFRUITFUL in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ." II PETER 1:8

Verses 10 and 11 says; if you do this things, you will never stumble and you will have entrance abundantly into the kingdom of God. "10 Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble; 11 for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ."

PRAYERS
Dear Lord, we humble ourselves before you this hour, have mercy upon us.

Increase our faith oh God, let us live a virtuous life before you always, let us know you more and more. Give us the ability to control ourselves, emotion and desires.

 Increase our persevering spirit, let us always be godly. Please teach us to show more kindness act to both people that deserves it and those who don't. Father we want you to increase our loving spirit.

At the end of our journey here we want to be in your heavenly kingdom.

In Jesus name we pray.
Amen





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