Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Gloria’s take on life.

yours and increasing?

Why is it we can remember a hurt from years ago but forget a favor that was just done for us?

Why is it nine people can say you look great but you only remember the one person who said that it was not an attractive look for you?

Personally I think it is because we get to ‘me focused’ and are then prone to emphasize the negative.

I have heard it said that it takes repeating something seven times in order for people to remember.  Now I don’t know how they figure these things out or if that is even true.  What I do know is that truth needs to be repeated.  In a world where lies and negativity abound, truth needs to be repeated!

  “Therefore, I will always be ready to remind you of these things, even though you already know them, and have been established in the truth which is present with you.”  (2Peter 1:12 NASB)

What things?  He is reminding them to make every effort to be growing – to not become lazy in their walk with Christ.

I relate to Peter in the Bible.  He was a man of action.  His zeal was evident in the way he lived.  He was a man of diligence.  Whether it was fishing, mending nets, professing his loyalty to Jesus, or taking the sword to defend Jesus in the garden, Peter took action.   He lived in the moment.

It is with this attitude that Peter tells his fellow Christians to apply all diligence – to make every effort to be growing in our walk with God.  If we aren’t careful, if we don’t purpose in our heart to grow we can so easily slide into becoming stagnant or stale – something far less than God intends for us.

Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence, and in your moral excellence, knowledge, and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness, and in your godliness, brotherly kindness, and in your brotherly kindness, love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they render you neither useless nor unfruitful in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.   (2Peter 1:5-8 NASB)

We are saved by faith (Eph 2:8) – yet faith without works is dead. (James 2:17)  We are given precious promises and the power of Christ living in us that we cannot/should not sit back and coast.

ADD TO YOUR FAITH!

MORAL EXCELLENCE – VIRTUE   – life reflecting the character of Jesus — Christ-likeness

We don’t have to look far to see examples of society lacking moral excellence.  As Christians we grow in virtue by our personal and continuous encounters with Christ – by reading the Word, praying and spending time in worship.

KNOWLEDGE – insight, understanding – learning God’s truth and putting it into practice in our lives

‘that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection‘  (Phil 3:10)

Since it is possible that knowledge could lead to pride, self-control is the next on the list.

The false teachers of Peter’s day taught that knowledge released them from the need for self-control.  Peter proclaims that true knowledge leads to self-control.

SELF-CONTROL (TEMPERANCE, ALERT DISCIPLINE) – controlling your feelings (passions) instead of being controlled by them.

For a Christian, self-control is submitting to the control of Christ who dwells in you.  We then have the power to endure difficulties.

PATIENCE (PERSEVERANCE, ENDURANCE, STEADFAST) – don’t quit!

The only way to grow in patience is to be in a situation where patience is needed.  Patience is unmoved by the difficulty, holds out hope, bears the trial with the unwavering mindset that God is still in control, and  resists the pressures  (greed, envy, selfishness, negativity)  of the world.

GODLINESS (REVERENT WONDER) – aware of God in every aspect of life.

As my husband says often, “We should be cultivating an awareness of the presence of God in our lives,”  for truly God is everywhere.  May our eyes be opened.

Worshiping God outwardly is a part of godliness.  Loving, exalting, magnifying and adoring Him in our heart is also part of it.   Our whole self being in awe of who God is.

BROTHERLY KINDNESS – this is directed at the household of faith.

Brotherly kindness is an emphasis put on the responsibility toward other believers.  Showing brotherly kindness  means avoiding those things that might destroy unity such as: gossip, prejudice, narrow-mindedness, looking down on another,  showing favoritism…  We are all a work in progress.  Let us come along side our brothers/sisters in Christ and encourage them.  Kindness goes a long ways.

LOVE – This is universal — all people – those of the household of faith, our enemies, those who are difficult to love…  all mankind

We are called to be growing in our love for all people.  What it comes down to is a right attitude and behavior towards others.

There you have it.   The Word gives us seven things that are to be increasing in our lives if we want to be useful and fruitful.

Over the years as I have looked at this list, a different quality seems to be highlighted each time.   Yes, that is the one God is working on in me at that time.   As you read over this list, which one is God speaking to you about?     With all diligence –  let’s grow!

til next time

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May 15, 2014 - Posted by | ministry, relationships, spiritual reflections | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

2 Comments »

  1. Thanks for the challenge – and encouragement. I guess this year I have needed more patience, and yes, it certainly is a growth experience!

    Comment by meetingintheclouds | May 16, 2014 | Reply

    • I am right there with you Angela 🙂 Praise God that He is right there with us as we grow, helping and sustaining us 🙂

      Comment by Gloria | May 17, 2014 | Reply


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