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"By Careful Application”

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2nd Peter 1:3-11 explains how true believers grow in Christ and so become more like Him. This is a key portion of Scripture well worth looking at closely. By digging a little deeper into these verses we may get a fuller understanding of how God wants His people to live — the normal everyday Christian life:

“His divine power has given to us all things that relate to life and devout living, through the knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and virtue by which He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that through them you may escape the moral decay and corruption that is in the world because of lust and greed, and become sharers in the divine nature.

“For this very reason, by careful application as you exercise your faith, develop high moral standards, and to this moral excellence add knowledge [about Him], and to knowledge add self-control, and to self-control add a resolute and patient attitude, and to this steadfastness add godliness and reverence, and to your piety add brotherly affection, and to brotherly affection add kindness and love.

“For as these qualities increase within you they will keep you from being unproductive in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. Whoever lacks these qualities is [spiritually] short-sighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins.

“Therefore fellow Christians, be all the more eager to make your call and election sure, for as long as you practise these things you will never stumble or fall; for in this way an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.”

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