Building Blocks of Faith

What makes us fruitful for God’s Kingdom? 2 Peter 1:5-7 shows us the building blocks of an active faith in Jesus that produces fruit:

“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 (NASB).”

When this passage is laid out in bullet point form, it shows how one quality builds on the other. Our deepening faith in Jesus drives us toward moral excellence. That in turn gives us a deeper knowledge of living for Christ. This daily experience teaches us self-control and perseverance as we wrestle with the temptations of this world. As we persevere in our daily walk, we acquire godliness, which expresses itself in brotherly kindness and love.

As our heart for God deepens, we express more of God’s qualities instead of our selfish desires. We bear fruit for Gods as a natural outpouring of our faith in Jesus. As Peter told 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.”

© 2021, CGThelen

Therefore, brethren, be all the more diligent to make certain about His calling and choosing you; for as long as you practice these things, you will never stumble; for in this way the entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be abundantly supplied to you. – 2 Peter 1:10-11

9 thoughts on “Building Blocks of Faith

  1. You’ve styled this post to reflect the blessed building blocks of faith. Praying that each and every day others come to experience this grace-filled foundation for life.

  2. Thank you for sending this! We are currently studying these verses in our Ladies Bible Study group via Zoom.

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