God's desire is that we increase — that we increase in all things. He's given us everything we need for life and godliness.
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. 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.
In view of all this, make every effort to respond to God’s promises. Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence, and moral excellence with knowledge,and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with patient endurance, and patient endurance with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love for everyone.
The more you grow like this, the more productive and useful you will be in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But those who fail to develop in this way are shortsighted or blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their old sins.
So, dear brothers and sisters, work hard to prove that you really are among those God has called and chosen. Do these things, and you will never fall away.
2 Peter 1.3–10 NLT
God’s given us promises, and we need to apply them.
- We apply Jesus promises in our lives by faith.
- Faith then produces a life of moral excellence.
- Moral excellence leads to knowing God more.
- Knowing God leads to self control.
- Self control leads to perseverance — the power to get through stuff.
- Perseverance results in godliness.
- Godliness results in love for others.