2 Peter 1:5-8
For this very reason, you must make every effort to support your faith with goodness, and goodness with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with endurance, and endurance with godliness, and godliness with mutual affection, and mutual affection with love. For if these things are yours and are increasing among you, they keep you from being ineffective and unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Reflection by Janet Derby
I heard a children’s sermon once where the pastor talked to the children about having a bowl full of fruit. He told them how important it is to fill our “bowls” full of good things, so that during times when things are tough, we will be able to nourish ourselves with what will help us get through those times. I think that is what this letter of Peter is saying (though often I need it in Children sermon terms). If we surround ourselves with what is good, we will better be able to effectively give to others. I saw a poster recently with these words of Gandhi which also help to express this truth.
“Your beliefs become your thoughts, Your thoughts become your words, Your words become your actions, Your actions become your habits, Your habits become your values, Your values become your destiny.”
God of all Knowledge and Goodness, Help me today to support my faith with what is holy and good so that I may spread your love to a world in need. Amen.