Dear Christian educators,
I never thought of supplementing my faith, but when I think about it, I take supplements for my health, why not have supplements for my spiritual health? This verse admonishes us to supplement our faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness and steadfastness with godliness. That's a big order! If we take baby steps, we begin our walk with virtue - always being truthful no matter what. As we add supplements we look for knowledge which comes from the Word of God. As the Word of God dwells in us through the Holy Spirit, self-control is desired. This self-control leads to steadfastness - being ever faithful to our Lord and this steadfastness leads to godliness. May it be so.
Each day during this season of Lent, I will post one verse and pray it with you. Consider saying the verse in your quiet time and praying it also. You may use the same prayer or try your own. Each day until Easter (except Sundays) there will be a new post that contains: a verse, a small reflection, a prayer using the Scripture and an image. Feel free to share the images because I made them with the Bible Lens app and took all the pictures. What a creative God we serve!
2 Peter 1:5-6 English Standard Version (ESV)
5 For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, 6 and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness,
This verse would make the perfect poster in school! We would have to leave off the address and the godliness but perhaps it could look something like this:
A Recipe for Success this Year
Supplement your studies with virtue.
With virtue add knowledge of your studies.
With the knowledge, sprinkle self-control.
Self-control will lead to steadfastness which will lead to success.
Needs a little work, but has potential. We need someone like Carol Ann McGuire to make it look great.
This is a big order for us, yet we know it's what we need to live a life for You. Abide in us so that we supplement our faith with virtue leading to the knowledge of Your Word which then leads to self-control through Your Holy Spirit showing us steadfastness through Your love and leading to a life of godliness. Lord, this is what we want as we represent You. We are asking because You said through James that we have not because we ask not. We are asking Lord and waiting expectantly. Thank You gracious God. We ask for this in the steadfast name of Jesus. Amen.
The CIPE Team