“His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 1:3-8).
How do we live “a godly life”?
Do we just decide, “I’m going to be a better person”?
Or, is there more to it than that?
Living a godly life is more than making ourselves better people.
We need God.
Without him, we can never live a godly life.
What is a godly life?
It’s a life that’s inspired by his love.
It’s a life that’s strengthened by his power.
It’s life that’s being shaped by his holiness.
When we start with ourselves,
“I’m going to be a better person”,
We’re asking for trouble.
We may begin with good intentions,
But how far will our good intentions take us?
Not very far!
Before long, we will discover that we need more than good intentions.
We need God’s “very great and precious promises”,
If we are to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18).
We need God’s “very great and precious promises.”
They will lead us on to “a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 1:11).
Do you doubt that the Lord can bring you safely into his eternal kingdom?
Here’s one of his “very great and precious promises”:
“The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it” (1 Thessalonians 5:24).