August 27, 2021

Ben Kiowski
“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. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they do not make you useless nor unproductive in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
2 Peter 1:5-8

This passage pricks my heart and speaks guidance to me in a powerful and personal way. As culture around us tries to manipulate what following Jesus means through the enemy’s work of confusion and conflation, this passage exhorts us to reject moral relativism by presenting us with the standard of God’s morality and the knowledge of him. As we allow ourselves to be corrected and transformed by the faith that leads us to obedience, we will then be able to be self-controlled and sober in the understanding of our own depravity. As we persevere this honing through the work of the Spirit, the godliness that produces love will become readily evident in our lives. This is the way that we can exhibit Love to one another.

God owns love. It is not from an intrinsic human trait. It is not from a philosophical moralistic construct. It is not a commodity that can be acquired and traded. No…love is a gift that is freely given by God. It is available to us through his work on the Cross, and as we submit ourselves to that work of salvation that is the Gospel of Hope, we can then and only then become purveyors of His love to those around us.