Giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge … to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. 2 Peter 1:5, 7

In 2 Peter 1:3 Peter tells us how the power comes for us to live the life of “brotherly kindness.” It comes as a gift, given to us by God Himself. In verse 5, he exhorts us to operate with diligence as we add love to our faith. Here, it would seem that we should work toward Christ-like love. Well, which is it? Is the capacity to love one another a gift, or is it a level we work toward? I think the answer is “yes.” Were it not for the grace-filled gift of character transformation and the sure and steady hand of our Lord upon our lives, we would be lost in sin, lost in self-absorption, and completely unable to love the selfless life to which Jesus calls us. Yet, our Lord calls us to step out, to exercise our wills, and to begin to love. Then He comes in power to enable us to be like Him. Whom will God enable us to love today?

Scripture Reference: 2 Peter

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