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2 Peter 1: 3-8
His divine power has given us everything required for life and godliness through the
knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness. By these He has
given us very great and precious promises, so that through them you may share in
the divine nature, escaping the corruption that is in the world because of evil desires.
For this very reason, 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.

 

What an excellent goal for 2015. I think it is a worthy task from a worthy God for
unworthy people that He absolutely loves. Let’s try to supplement our faith with
goodness. Let’s try to be good people responding to situations in life with good
responses. Let’s try to see the good in people instead of jumping to uninformed,
quick, poor conclusions.
Let’s enjoy reading God’s Word, not as the checklist. Let’s read it for the goodness. Let’s
read it as a story, a love story, in which we are the center of God’s love. Let’s read the
story, wherever we read in the Bible, where Jesus is the hero. Let’s realize how good
God’s Word really is. Let’s see how good it is for our lives to read about Jesus.
Let’s also get crazy about praying to a good God; a God, Yahweh, who loves to hear our
prayers, no matter what kind of prayer it is. Let’s pray prayers of repentance. Let’s pray
prayers of thanksgiving. Let’s pray prayers of celebration, worship, intercessory, courage,
love, joy, and any other communication we can have with a good God.
Lastly, but certainly not entirely, let’s live our lives in relationship with a good God. Let’s
see God’s goodness in our lives. Let’s understand everything He is doing in our lives is for
our goodness and His glory.
God is a good God. Adding goodness to our faith is the beginning of the pathway to love.
We will talk in the next issue about knowledge.

 

In his service,
Pastor Todd