Fruitful or Fruitless?

2 Peter 1 How is your life going today my friend? Are you experiencing fruit both in your own life and in the life of others? If you feel you are lagging, take heart and listen to Simon Peter who was witness of our Lord’s transfiguration on the mountain. It helps to listen to the wise and aged for their wisdom and so Peter tells his readers that they need to check if they are filled with the Fruit of the Spirit and are demonstrating those points to the lost. Just as Paul gave us his list of the Fruit of the Spirit, so Peter gives us his list that we may test our life. Peter reminds us that we need to have this checklist before us so we can measure how we are doing so he begins: add to your faith and then lists the practical points. 

Peter begins with the foundation: faith. Without faith we are lost and cannot produce fruit that will last the test of time. Without faith it is impossible to please God. Without faith,  you have no kernel of wheat to plant that it may germinate and grow. So what is this kernel of FAITH? It is being able to say Forgetting All I Trust Him who died and rose again so I may have life eternal. But, it doesn’t stop there, Peter reminds us to add to our faith several qualities that will be our fruit. “For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith excellence, to excellence, knowledge; to knowledge, self-control; to self-control, perseverance; to perseverance, godliness; to godliness, brotherly affection; to brotherly affection, unselfish love.” [2 Pet 1:6-8]

Where are you today friend? What are you lacking in the fruit department? 

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