All Things Pertaining to Life

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All Things Pertaining to Life
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As His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life
and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and
virtue. (2 Peter 1:3)

As a Christian, you have everything you need to live a holy and
abundant life (2 Pet. 1:3–11). Your intelligence, your education, or
your family background do not determine the holiness of your life.
Everything you need to live a victorious, joyful, and abundant life is
found in the Holy Spirit who resides within you (Gal. 5:22–23).
According to Peter, each Christian, by faith, has access to these
qualities: goodness, knowledge of God, self-control, perseverance,
godliness, brotherly kindness, and love. It would be of no use to
inherit a fortune if you did not know it was yours. Likewise, it is of
no benefit to inherit everything necessary to become like Christ if
you do not claim it.

If we continue to lack self-control when God has made it available, we
rob ourselves and those around us. If God is willing to instill
brotherly kindness into our behavior, but we never display it, people
will suffer needlessly as a result.

The key to all that God has made available to us is our faith. We must
believe that God wants to build these qualities into our lives. In the
Gospels, Jesus related to people according to their faith (Matt. 8:13;
9:29; 15:28). He rewarded genuine faith by granting salvation and
healing. If He met unbelief, He did not reward it (Mark 6:5–6).

Review the qualities that Peter said God wants to instill in you. If
you lack any of these qualities, ask God to work them into your
character, so that you will be more like Christ.

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