For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. II Peter 1:5-7 NIV
I give Danni supplements to aid in her nutrition. She is starting to get a little slower when she gets up so I give her a supplement for her joints. In the summer, she seems to itch more so I give her a little chew supplement for healthy skin. It is my hope that giving Danni these nutritional supplements will make her healthier and happier and she will be comfortable in all stages of her life.
Peter talks about supplements in today’s scripture. He starts out with the basic of faith. Hebrews 11:6 tells us that, “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him”. We all start out with the foundation of faith because without faith we wouldn’t even believe in God.
Peter then tells us we need to add to our faith and he gives us a long list of additions. The list contains goodness, self-control, perseverance, godliness, mutual affection and ends with love. Each time we think we have a handle on one, there is another supplement to add. Peter wraps up the list with love. Jesus tells us that to love God and our neighbor as ourselves is the greatest commandment of all.
The Christian life is quite a journey. We can’t master it on our own but with the help of the Holy Spirit, each day we can keep adding to our basic diet of faith in God and Jesus Christ with the supplements given to us in II Peter.
We all want to live a healthy, happy and comfortable life. If we add God’s supplements to our daily diet of prayer and bible study, we will be much stronger. We won’t be as slow to get up and walk with the Lord.
Don’t starve yourself, feast on God’s word and add the nutritional value found in faith, goodness, self-control, perseverance, godliness, and mutual affection. Wrap it all up in love and you will have everything you need for a healthy, stronger you!