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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for December 4, 2017

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MONDAY, December 4

2 Peter 1:8 For if these things are yours and are increasing among you, they keep you from being ineffective and unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

In his second pastoral letter, Peter lays out a support system for our faith. He maintains that faith is supported by goodness—goodness supported by knowledge, knowledge by self-control, self-control by endurance, endurance by godliness, godliness by mutual affection, and mutual affection supported by love. That’s quite an infrastructure!

The term godliness Peter uses is derived from the Greek word eusebia, which can also indicate sacred awe, fear, and reverence—it doesn’t mean physical acts of piety but rather deep spiritual connection with God.

Although knowledge, self-control, and the other fruits of the Spirit are important, Peter reminds us that the bedrock of our faith is love. Without love, we can’t even begin to build a faith that will stand the test of time. The stronger our love is, the stronger our faith becomes and the more our spiritual fruit grows.

MOVING FORWARD: How is your spiritual fruit tree looking these days? Do you need to prune some branches or fertilize your roots?

PRAY for the Church of South East Asia and the Diocese of West Malaysia

Today the Church remembers John of Damascus, Priest, c. 760.

Ps 1, 2, 3 * 4, 7 | Amos 2:6-16 | 2 Peter 1:1-11 | Matthew 21:1-11



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