Do your utmost to support your faith with goodness, goodness with understanding, understanding with self-control, self-control with perseverance, perseverance with devotion, devotion with kindness, and kindness with love. 2 Peter 1:5-7

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It’s a wonderful checklist, one that varies widely from one translation to another. One step or stage leads to the next.

And when you get to the end, you start over again, with love supporting your growing faith.

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These and many more Scriptures which I might have quoted, do abundantly speak forth a Man of God, or a truly godly Man to be perfect or compleat in Christ. (Elizabeth Bathurst, 1655?-1685)

 

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