For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Peter 1:8 KJV)
Peter teaches believers how to be fruitful in the knowledge of God. He gives them certain things that if they allow and nurture to increase, they will break spiritual barrenness and makes us very fruitful. What are these things that make us fruitful in our knowledge of the Lord. He tells us:
“And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity” (2 Peter 1:5–7 KJV).
Peter enlisted a few things that they should add to their faith. Believing in Christ and becoming saved is just the beginning. There are “things” that must be added to that faith. He said they should add virtue or excellence, and to virtue knowledge. He continues and mentions temperate or self-control, patience, godliness, brotherly kindness, and love. It is immediately obvious he is referring to the fruit of the Spirit.
You should give the diligence needed to add to your faith these qualities. Do not remain stagnant in the faith. Grow, increase and multiply! Become more and more patient, kind, loving, knowledgeable, etc.
Is it possible for us to be Christians and lack “these things”? See the next verse — 2 Peter 1:9. Are these things in you?
APPLY THE WORD
We grow or increase in the things of the Spirit. Fruit is produced by planting a seed and nurturing it to grow. In this devotional, the key message is that the Lord is telling us we can grow in kindness, patience, etc. The degree of self-control or excellence in your life should not stay the same year after year. If that happens, it means you are not growing as a Christian. Plant the seed of the Word, yield and surrender to the Spirit daily to bear fruit.
Ask the Spirit of the Lord to help you add “these things” to your life.