Active Faith

Faith in Jesus Christ is not a one-time statement, not a one-time commitment. It is an active effort to pursue a deeper relationship with Jesus; to draw closer to Him; to pursue a life in Christ and shed the sinful behavior that drags us down and draws us away from Jesus.

In 1 Peter 1:5-8, Peter implores those with faith in Jesus to actively pursue a deeper faith. He encourages diligence and provides the building blocks of a deepening faith in Jesus:

“Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence, and in your moral excellence, knowledge, and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness, and in your godliness, brotherly kindness, and in your brotherly kindness, love (verse 5-7, NASB).”

You can see in this passage how one action builds on the other. A diligent focus on your faith gives you moral excellence; that moral excellence fuels your knowledge which guides self control; that in turn delivers perseverance which delivers godliness and brotherly kindness; which in turn causes us to love. Each one builds on the other. It is an active faith that prompts us to love others as God loves them. It is a faith based on understanding God’s desires, not one built on our desires and our knowledge.

Day to day it can be a challenge to persevere in faith in Christ. But Peter encourages us in verse 8: “For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they render you neither useless nor unfruitful in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” It is a struggle each day and we will experience setbacks. But what is important is that we maintain a commitment to grow each day in these character traits of faith in Jesus.

13 thoughts on “Active Faith

  1. That is another good verse with a progression. It’s interesting that this passage talks about how hope is born out suffering, perseverance and character. It is a hope born out of a deepening faith and commitment in Jesus no matter what life gives us. Always appreciate your thoughts, David. Blessings.

  2. CG, your thoughts bring to mind a similar passage in Romans 5 that also follows a progression:

    “Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit.” Romans 5:3-5

    🙏❤️ prayers and love.

  3. Amen! This is a daily commitment that I can not possibly live up to without the Holy Spirit’s help. What a blessing that He is available always and everywhere to lend the aid I need to live out this faith.
    Blessings,
    Chuck

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