“You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, take care that you are not carried away with the error of lawless people and lose your own stability. But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen” (2 Peter 3:17-18).
This verse spells out what other passages also affirm: We need to grow in Christ. Let’s look at some goals of spiritual growth:
Some goals of spiritual growth:
1. To be Christ-like
“. . . my little children, for whom I am again in the anguish of childbirth until Christ is formed in you!” (Galatians 4:19).
“For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps” (1 Peter 2:21).
“Whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked” (1 John 2:6).
2. To be Spirit-controlled
Notice what the Spirit produces:
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law” (Galatians 5:22-23).
The Holy Spirit works in our life to produce the character of Christ. The first fruit mentioned is love. If you want to learn more about love, read 1 Corinthians 13:4-7. Meditate on these Spirit produced virtues, and ask God to shape your character to produce them.
Tomorrow we continue with some goals of spiritual growth. For now, ask God to bless these truths so that they become part of us.
Posted on Mon, August 15, 2016
by Sam Petitfils