2 Peter 1:5-7 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love.
Faith is the foundation of Christian character and the security of our mind,will and emotions. When faith breaks down, the foundations of our spiritual life give way, and our belief system or structure falls. In this addition process, faith was the starting point, the basis of the other graces of the Spirit.
Faith is the foundation on which other things are built. Peter does not suggest that the readers add to works or gifts or goodness but to faith. When growing in Grace, you need to start out right. You could say that there is a divine order. By adding to faith which is done by constant, earnest prayer and the studying of the Word of God. Faith is kept alive, strong and healthy by a steady diet of the Word and prayer.
Faith must be more than belief in facts, it must result in actions. Several things are listed, learning to know God better, doing the will of God, loving others. Faith actions do not come automatically, they require hard work and perseverance. Adding to our faith is not optional, all of them must be apart of the Christian life. Our faith must go beyond what we believe. Faith must become a dynamic part of all we do, and in return will bring fruit and spiritual maturity.
In Hebrews 11:1 we are told that faith is the substance of things hoped for the evidence of things not seen. Two words describe faith, confidence and certainty. Faith has a starting point and an ending point. The starting point begins with believing in God that He is who He says He is. The ending point is believing in His promises that He will do what He says He will do.
When we believe that God will manifest his promises even when we do not see them materialize in our life, we are demonstrating true faith. When we stand and don’t give up we will receive, according to 1Peter 1:9 the end of our faith. Meaning we will see the promise of God materialize in our life.
In the Master’s service
Many blessings, Pastor Robert.