”For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (2 Peter 1:5-9 NIV)
I’ve always appreciated today’s Bible verse that focuses on how we can rise to the complete balance in our Christian life. It’s as though the verse rolls back and forth. It encourages us first to go forward and then to hold back. Strength and knowledge is balanced by self-control. Then take a step forward in perseverance, balanced by godliness and brotherly kindness and love.
When one aspect takes the upper hand an imbalance results and people get a lopsided picture of who Jesus is and there is no fruit. Let us strive to have a balance in our lives and in our Christian faith.
Jesus, thank You that You want to remind me about the importance of having a balance in my life together with You.