By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence. And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires. In view of all this, make every effort to respond to God’s promises.
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. The more you grow like this, the more productive and useful you will be in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But those who fail to develop in this way are shortsighted or blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their old sins.
So, dear brothers and sisters, work hard to prove that you really are among those God has called and chosen. Do these things, and you will never fall away. Then God will give you a grand entrance into the eternal Kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
(2 Peter 1:3-11 NLT)
Provisions of moral excellence, knowledge, self-control, patient endurance, godliness, brotherly affection, and love are hard to abide by; knowing what kind of world we live in. And each day I struggle with either one of these provisions because of the “world’s corruption caused by human desires.” But understand this:
It is better to give your soul to God than to lose your soul the world.
As it says in this verse, “God has given us everything we need to live a godly life.” And He has promised us eternal life in Heaven. So grow your faith by fulfilling these provisions. Then and only then will God recognize you as his own and give you “a grand entrance entrance into the eternal Kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”
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