His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness… -2 Peter 1:3
You have promises that you can count on. First, that you have been given what you need to be who you’re supposed to be and, second, that you have been given an open door to eternal life. You already know that you can’t earn it with your actions. If you can’t earn it with your actions, then you can’t cancel it with your actions. You are in with your belief and you are out with your disbelief.
You are chosen and marked for life. For life.
For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. -2 Peter 1:5-7
It is a result of faith that you are moral, you gain knowledge, you practice self-control, you stand firm, you’re godly, you are warm toward people, and you trade your judgment in for tolerance.
- do your best
- be mature
- don’t be a people pleaser
- be spiritual
- be warm toward people
- give them a chance to become something better
You don’t have to be a Christian to be able to do all of those things. They are the qualities of someone you want to be around. I know plenty of non-christians who are better at this stuff than I am.
The difference is your faith. It’s belief that can make the immoral, immature, erratic, unspiritual, mean, intolerant person rethink their outlook and line themselves up with grace. Faith makes a person so full of grace that these qualities spill out of them.
Whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins. -2 Peter 1:9
When you remember that you are completely clean and your failures are no longer the core of who you are, then you are free to live like someone with a different core. When you don’t have to defend yourself anymore, you can open yourself up to those who know your worst and give them a chance to learn from their own disbelief and forgetfulness. Have you ever considered that that’s why you’re in their life? You can walk tall in grace, out in the open with warmth and compassion and without fear of being eternally rejected.
Teach, write, speak, sing, or whatever is burning inside you. Stand tall and know that you’re not standing alone. Be warm and kind. Be tolerant of people who are at a different stage of becoming. It’ll all come around.
Be all the more diligent to confirm your calling and election, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall.-2 Peter 1:10