Growing together in the Spirit of Jesus Christ...

"Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another - and all the more as you see the Day approaching." - Hebrews 10:25 NIV

Saturday, December 12, 2009

December 12, 2009

in increasing measure

I planted this little evergreen tree
three years ago.
It doesn’t look like it has grown much,
if any, at all in that time.

Once we have been redeemed
through the death and resurrection
of Jesus Christ,
we must not stay a newborn.
Our spiritual growth is essential.

I still have “high” hopes
for this little one,
and even higher hopes for all of us.

“His divine power has given us
everything we need for life and godliness
through our knowledge of him
who called us by his own glory and goodness.
Through these he has given us
his very great and precious promises,
so that through them you may participate
in the divine nature and escape the corruption
in the world caused by evil desires.
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, brotherly kindness;
and to brotherly kindness, love.
For if you possess these qualities
in increasing measure,
they will keep you from being ineffective
and unproductive in your knowledge
of our Lord Jesus Christ.
But if anyone does not have them,
he is nearsighted and blind,
and has forgotten that he
has been cleansed from his past sins.
Therefore, my brothers,
be all the more eager
to make your calling and election sure.
For if you do these things,
you will never fall,
and you will receive a rich welcome
into the eternal kingdom
of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”
2 Peter 1:3-11 NIV

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