2 Peter 1:3-9 By his divine power the Lord has given us everything we need for life and godliness through the knowledge of the one who called us by his own honor and glory. Through his honor and glory he has given us his precious and wonderful promises, that you may share the divine nature and escape from the world’s immorality that sinful craving produces.

This is why you must make every effort to add moral excellence to your faith; and to moral excellence, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, endurance; and to endurance, godliness; and to godliness, affection for others; and to affection for others, love. If all these are yours and they are growing in you, they’ll keep you from becoming inactive and unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. Whoever lacks these things is shortsighted and blind, forgetting that they were cleansed from their past sins.

I’m guessing as you read through these characteristics you may have felt overwhelmede or even that being a Christian is dauntingly impossible. At the same time, you may deeply desire to possess these qualities and more importantly desire to experience a knowledge of God that enables you to be fruitful in our relationship with him.

It’s important to not miss the first words Peter offers us in this passage: By his divine power… You simply can’t read those words and not recognize that anything requiring God’s divine power is beyond our ability to reach! Thankfully Peter goes on: … the Lord has given us everything we need for life and godliness through the knowledge of the one who called us by his own honor and glory. Not only does it require God’s divine power, he gives it and we possess all we need to for life and godliness.

So when it comes to that list, don’t fret or stress. It isn’t in your power to attain those qualities, but it is in God’s power to supernaturally transform you into the person who does.

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