Add to Your Faith
“But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love.”
According to 2 Peter 1:5-7, I need to give all diligence to add to my faith. The end result of all my “adding” will be love. Which characteristic in the verse do you need to add and why?
Christine Q —
I need to grow in all of the characteristics listed in 2 Peter 1:5-7, however, one of the characteristics that I really would like to keep growing and add to my faith is knowledge. I want to have a deeper hunger and thirst to become more like Jesus which also increases my faith. That I believe happens when I grow in my knowledge of Christ. For it says, “faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.” (Romans 10:17).
Carroll H. —
I need to give all diligence to add to my faith. The end result of all my “adding” will be love. My characteristic in the verse that I need to put on daily is knowledge. Knowledge of the Word of God is never ever an issue. You can’t know enough. God is inﬁnite. Thinking is based on knowledge, and knowledge is the result of learning. Having a deep understanding of who God is should be our desire as Christians.
Devin M. —
Through 2 Peter 1:5-7, I need to continue to add on godliness. I have been lacking in my scripture before joining Patmos and I have been slowly but surely getting it and being able to put the word of God over all. It has been amazing to see God work so quickly and so eﬃciently in the lives of my team and in me! My hope is that I would continue in God’s Word and be able to share it with others because it has gotten me through a lot here.
Diamond S. —
Honestly, I need to add to all of them everyday! I struggle with all these things in different ways and seasons, but one specifically that I’ve been seeing a need in this week would be brotherly kindness. Living with the whole team has been amazing, but it’s had its moments. The Lord has been stretching me not to just be nice for my own benefit, but to be kind and reflect Christ to others even when I don’t feel like it, even if it is uncomfortable at times. From glory to glory the Lord’s purpose is to make me more like Him with each and every day.
Erick C. —
I lack in all areas of my faith but of all the things that I would need to add, I think I fall short the most in love. I only ever seem to do things out of my convenience and comfort. I must love as the Lord has loved. No matter how I might feel or how I might be tested, I must be deliberate in not thinking of myself but of them.
Gaby E. —
Over the past week the Lord has been piercing my heart with love and loving like He loved us. Not just loving to love but with the right motive. I can have virtue, self-control, perseverance, godliness and brotherly kindness but if my heart isn't right it becomes a waste. In the end all of these should look like love, our walk should represent our Father in heaven that on the cross demonstrated His love for us.
Jacqueline S. —
The characteristic that I need to add to my faith is brotherly kindness. It’s easy to be kind when others don’t directly affect you, but its hard when other people’s actions affect your life. I want to add brotherly kindness not in the act of just being nice, but meeting people where they are at and discerning through how to love them in that moment and how they receive love. I want all my words and actions to step from a heart of love.
Over the last few weeks of Patmos my flesh has been exposed more than ever. And the result of this often looks like me lacking in kindness to those around me. I can become so focused on myself that I don't take into consideration the needs of those around me, or the way that I am treating them. As I seek to grow in faith, I need to add brotherly kindness to it.
Tyler D. —
After praying, i believe that the Lord is revealing to me that brotherly kindness is what i need to add on next. I need to love my brothers and sisters more. I need to exercise more compassion and love. I’ve been noticing and by the grace of God i have been getting called out on my attitude. I haven't been expressing kindness towards this team and the leaders at all times. Not just for the sake of this assignment, but I want to add on to my faith brotherly kindness for God and for others.