3 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.4 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.
5 In view of all this, make every effort to respond to God’s promises. Supplement your faith with a generous provision of goodness and goodness with knowledge,6 and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with patient endurance, and patient endurance with godliness,7 and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love for everyone.
8 The more you grow like this, the more productive and useful you will be in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.9 But those who fail to develop in this way are shortsighted or blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their old sins.
10 So, dear brothers and sisters,[c] work hard to prove that you really are among those God has called and chosen. Do these things, and you will never fall away.11 Then God will give you a grand entrance into the eternal Kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
I struggle with most of the fruits of the spirit. I am not patient, I can be unkind when I become impatient, I can also be unloving when I am not being kind because of my impatience, this all steals my joy, it definitely takes away any peace I had, and so on and so forth. It is all tied together and without one, it's difficult, if not impossible to have the others.
I am a lot like my 5 year old daughter. Yes, I have about 29 years on her and saying I act a lot like a 5 year old is super embarrassing to admit. So, when I came across this verse today I knew I had to share it with her. She struggles with self-control. I struggle with self-control. Any little kink in anything she has planned out in her precious head throws her for a loop and a tantrum immediately follows. To be fair though, I do have a bit more self control - maybe 5 minutes pass and then I snap. Ha! But, I wanted to wait for the right time to share it with her.
The right time came this evening when she wanted me to play kid songs on Pandora but I told her as long as she continued to whine about it, I wouldn't play them. She continued to she didn't get to hear her kid song channel. Woe was Anna. After I sent her to her room I went in, talked her down from her emotional ledge of not hearing her kid song channel, and I said I have something to share with you.
I read the verses two times through. I then went back and talked about the different meanings of the words and asked her questions to make sure she understood. So, we made a deal to help one another with our self-control and our love and goodness and Christ-likeness. I know I'll have to work much harder on myself - especially not to snap when she throws a fit so I can be a good example to her. She is growing day-by-day and I am too. I have the greatest confidence that one day, Jesus will touch her heart, like He did mine and her father's, and change her little life. I pray that she comes to know that God will provide all she needs - 3 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.