Growing in Grace
And beside this giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; and to knowledge temperance and to temperance patience, and to patience godliness; and to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness charity (2nd Peter 1:5).
The Apostle Peter is giving a listing of how to grow in grace; these are faith actions and must be practiced continually on a daily basis. God has empowered and enables us to succeed in each of these tasks as a growing Christian as well as a mature Christian. God will never tell us to do something He hasn’t empowered us to do Faith is something we as Christians must walk in daily because the adversary is out to try to destroy our faith because he knows without faith we cannot please God. We don’t become mature Christians over-night, but as we study the Word of God; submit to His instructions, we will grow into mature Christians. Prayer builds our faith in God when our prayers are answered, it gives us the faith to believe God for something else, something that is impossible with us, but possible with God. Add to your faith indicates the areas of growth that follows after salvation. Virtue is moral excellence, knowledge is a spiritual truth, temperance is self-control in every area of our life. Patience is endurance hardness as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. Godliness is having the character and attributes of God. Brotherly kindness is love for the believer as well as the unbeliever. Charity is love unconditional as our Father has for us; we should have the same love for everyone.
As Christians we should be growing spiritually, our old character should be gone, there is no way a Christian can have a consistent prayer life and stay the same. Every time a Christian goes before the Father, He’s placing more of His character and attributes in the believer, that is why Satan fights and influences Christians not to pray; because he knows this is where you grow, this is where you meet the Father, this is where you receive empowerment to fight against him and his co-host. Every Christian must fight the good fight of faith, you do this by staying connected to the Father through prayer, fasting, reading and studying God’s Word and submitting to it. God has empowered you to win, but you must fight through obedience to the Word of God.