Add Up (2)
Text: 2 Peter 1: 3 – 9
Memory Verses: 2 Peter 1:6
6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;
In our previous study, we saw two very important add-ups needed for our faith. Today we will be considering yet another very significant add-ups that must be in our lives. They are self-control, patience, and godliness. May God yet again fill us with these add-ups as we study together.
Apostle Peter, in his second epistle, encourages us to add up to knowledge, self-control. We must add up to the discernment God gives us, self-control. Self-control implies doing things in moderation. It is that self-discipline that keeps you within the bounds of God’s Word. We must possess and abound in self-discipline so that we can, by the Holy Spirit, keep the flesh under subjection. Without self-control (that is, self-discipline that puts the body in check, avoiding the excesses of your fleshy desires), which the Holy Spirit alone produces, all the labors of many years upon your spiritual life can go down the drain. Men of excellent reputation had their spiritual life wrecked because they lack self-control. David, a man after God’s heart, was brought down by a simple look on a woman (Bathsheba, the wife of Uriah – 2 Sam. 11:1 – 24), which culminates in adultery because he lacks self-control. This singular act created a scar that lived with him even after death. It was recorded in Matthew’s gospel, “6 And Jesse begat David the king; and David the king begat Solomon of her that had been the wife of Urias.” Though God forgave him, yet the scar remains. Oh, if only he had self–control, he would have avoided this downward plunge in his relationship with God.
The next add-up is patience. It is that steadfastness you exhibit by the Spirit of God to stick to God’s Word. When you experience a delay in the fulfillment of God’s divine promises, do you still trust God? This add-up, patience keeps us in shape to obtain the promise. Without patience, all that God has promised us can be lost. Friends, let’s emulate Abraham, who for 25 years hold tied to the word of promise, “so shall your seed be” and he obtained it because he never wavered in God’s Word.
Godliness is also another add-up we need in our life. Godliness means “God-likeness.” It is the true worship offered to God. It is that referential piety that characterizes all of our actions. Our whole life (talking about what we do in secret and in the open) should be conduct in reverential fear for God. Do you have this add-up?
Dearly beloved add-up.
Prayer: Holy Father, yet again, I crave earnestly for these add-ups. Let your Holy Spirit produce in me these add-ups (self-control, patience, and godliness) in abundance in Jesus’ name, Amen.
FURTHER STUDY: 1 Cor. 9:24 – 27; Rom. 8:25; 1 Tim 4:7-8