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Thursday, January 5, 2012

Today's Verse : 2 Peter 1:5-7


January 5, 2012

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, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love.
-- 2 Peter 1:5-7

Sometimes we get so frightened by the thought of "works-won"
salvation that we forget that love and grace ultimately call us to
action, and not just reflection. Action means effort. That's
exactly what Peter is calling us to make -- "every effort." Peter
explains why this effort is important in the next few verses. "If
we possess these qualities in increasing measure," they help us be
productive in our knowledge of Jesus! Let's be productive! As we
make "every effort," we can be assured that the Holy Spirit is the
power at work producing the fruit that makes effectiveness
possible! (cf. Galatians 5:22-25)

Mold me and make me, Father, more perfectly conformed to your
will and more perfectly consistent with your character. I do not
pray this for my glory, but so that you can more effectively use me
to share your blessings and grace with those around me. In Jesus'
name I pray. Amen.

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