Supplement your faith with virtue
Today's Scripture: 2 Peter 1:3-8
While, in truth, we cannot add to what Christ already provided for us by his death on the cross and by his resurrection, there are ways in which we live or speak that gives “meaning” to that act of Christ. I do not mean that the gospel is meaningless without our acknowledgment of it. NO. In actual fact, the gospel is ever powerful and ever valid, and it will be the same until the end of the world.
However, when we receive the label that says, “Christian” or “believer of the gospel”, there are things that we must put away. Sometimes, it is not because these things are not morally “sound”; it is because they do not speak to the person we claim to love. The death of Christ on the cross was never targeted at morality; it was for us to be saved from the bondage of sin! When we live in accordance to that, then we have capacity for every other thing including “morality.”
Today’s Scripture says, “Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence, and moral excellence with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with patient endurance, and patient endurance with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love for everyone” (verses 5-7 NLT).
Our belief in the gospel transcends church membership and tract-sharing; Jesus wants us to allow the gospel permeate every, and I mean, EVERY aspect of our lives. And you know what? With the HELP OF THE Holy Spirit, it is possible.
Action Point: Identify areas of your life that do not look like the gospel, and ask the Holy Spirit to help you live the gospel at all costs.