Choosing to Love

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. -2 Peter 1:5-7, NIV

2 Peter 1:3 tells us the power for us to live a life of “brotherly kindness” comes as a gift, given to us by God Himself. 

In verse 5, he encourages us to operate with diligence as we add love to our faith and work toward Christ-like love. You may wonder, 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, self-absorption and completely unable to live the selfless life to which Jesus calls us. 

Our Lord calls us to step out, exercise our wills, and begin to love. Then He comes in with supernatural power to enable us to be and love like Him. Will you partner with God for Him to enable you to love today? 

2 Peter