2 Peter 1:5–7
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.
As we are adding to our faith, chorusing into our lives new chords to make our lives become beautiful music for the Lord, add to faith virtue, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, and godliness, then we are to add brotherly kindness and love.
We have known people who had all of the knowledge right, all of the faith right, all virtue right, all self-control right and all godliness right but did not and would not treat those with “less spirituality” than them with any kindness. In their knowledge they became prideful and looked down on those with “less spirituality” than themselves. God wants us to add all of this to our lives and to do it with brotherly kindness toward one another.
John said that the world would know we were Christians by our love one for another. In the Christian church lack of love is disharmony, it is cacophony, it is equivalent to an instrument in the orchestra being flat or a player being behind a measure. It does not matter how well someone can play if they don’t play along in unison they stand out in a negative way. When someone who claims Christ is not loving toward another believer they stand out in a negative way. We are to add brotherly kindness and treat one another with great kindness at all times.
All of this is possible because we add love to our chorus. When we add love we are showing who our Lord is. If you are your own lord you will not show love but will show frustration. I know people who take frustration with them everywhere they go. They cannot know my Lord for He brings peace and love wherever He goes. What do you bring into a room when you enter? Do you bring in love? Does the Conductor bring in the chord of love when you enter a conversation? Look in the mirror of your soul today and see if you need to add more of God’s love into your life so that the chorus of your life may be complete and make beautiful music for the Lord Jesus.
We have been praying for Cyril and Lois Cyroteuk’s granddaughter, Isabel. This week their daughter Holly shared a her liver with Isabel. Both Holly and Isabel are recovering and both need our prayers. The surgery has been hard on Holly. She is in pain. Let’s keep both of these girls in our prayers this day.
Remember to pray for one another. Ask God to lead you to whom He would have you pray for today. Spend time in prayer for them. Pray for Sunday. Rick Cross, from Frontline Missions, is going to be with us in the service. Pray for God to use Rick to speak to our hearts.
Have a great day in the Lord,