“… make every effort to supplement your faith with goodness, goodness with knowledge, knowledge with self-control, self-control with endurance, endurance with godliness, godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they will keep you from being useless or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Pet 1:5-8, HCSB).
Faith is a gift of God and it comes first. However, we still need to work on adding these qualifications onto our faith. Goodness (“virtue” as some translations say), knowledge, self-control, endurance, godliness, brotherly affection and love are the things we need to develop and make part of our life to be fruitful servants of Christ. Often, these qualifications are contrary to our nature, culture and default behaviour patterns. Thus it requires intentional work and prayer to make them part of who we are. Sadly, without these, our faith and knowledge of Christ will remain only in theory, unable to produce fruit in our own lives and in our circles of influence. As James (2:20) said “faith without works is dead”, faith without these qualifications is fruitless just like a dead and dry tree. However, the man who supplements his faith with these qualifications is like fruitful tree by streams of water bearing lots of fruit in season (Ps 1:-3).
Father thank you for blessing me with faith in Christ. Father, please help me also to add these characteristics onto my faith and my personality so that I my lead a fruitful life.