November 29th, 2008
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 render you neither useless nor unfruitful in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
For he who lacks these qualities is blind or short-sighted, having forgotten his purification from his former sins. 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;
2 Peter 1:5-10
This is why we read and reread the Bible; sometimes a piece of Scripture that has never really meant anything before suddenly finds a place in one's brain and lights go on.
I always struggle with feeling insignificant--with fearing that nothing I do is worthwhile because I can't see the results, because I can't tell if anything I'm doing is making any difference.
I read this passage yesterday. When most people quote from it, they just use the listing of virtues, but there's a really lovely consequence listed, too: if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they render you neither useless nor unfruitful....
I must remember this, when I am tempted to think that nothing I do has any effect. Neither useless nor unfruitful....
Current Mood: contemplative
Thanks, that was very needed today. 2 Peter is one of my favorite books. I should sit my lazy self down and read it today. (Because y'know, it's soooooooooooooo long. *g*)
|Date:||November 29th, 2008 08:10 pm (UTC)|| |
*g* Glad my insight was a helpful reminder!
|Date:||November 29th, 2008 05:56 pm (UTC)|| |
A personal favorite; but I've often felt that if I could get on the train of virtues as listed, and know I was actually there, I'd be DONE.
|Date:||November 29th, 2008 06:46 pm (UTC)|| |
I think that's why the following verse jumped out at me: For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they render you neither useless nor unfruitful. Meaning that we don't have to be perfect in them to be fruitful and a blessing in the kingdom of God. As long as we're practicing them, as long as we're moving in that direction, with His help.
That is a very encouraging thought.
|Date:||November 29th, 2008 07:33 pm (UTC)|| |
Yes, it is.
There's an old tradition of taking chapters of the Bible or prayers from the BCP and breaking them down into sentences/sections to be meditated on, one section per day. I believe the idea is that you spend all day just ruminating on just one little bit, and in so doing gain a new understanding of its significance and all the things it could possibly mean.
Or something. I'm not very good at this particular practice. But I like the idea of the whole meditation squeezing all the goodness possible out of the text thing.
Anyway, yes: Neither useless nor unfruitful. *nods*
It helps to write a verse out on 3x5 cards/Post-It Notes and carry them with you to look at throughout the day. Even if you don't set out to meditate on it, just reading it helps it sink in. And if you use the same verse for a few days, you'll find yourself memorizing it without trying, and being reminded of it during the day when you're not looking at it.
It's like magic! *g*
Wow, I needed to hear that today.
Wow. Amen! Remember that!! I must remember that too. plus it's a good comment on how we should meditate on scripture
|Date:||November 29th, 2008 08:12 pm (UTC)|| |
So interesting...I wasn't even really looking hard at the verse, but it jumped out at me. (Though, yeah, lately I've been looking hard at the context of verses and coming to some very, very interesting conclusions based on that.)
|Date:||November 29th, 2008 08:11 pm (UTC)|| |
May the words be blessed to you in practice.
Wow. I was feeling both useless and unfruitful after today. This is exactly what I needed to read.
These verses became my devotion for tonight.
Thanks for sharing!
You're welcome! It hit me hard enough that I thought others might find it useful, and I'm glad to know that's true. God be with you.