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How to build a godly life

Throughout life, we learn things that eventually become almost automatic. Most of us can tie shoes or brush our teeth without thinking much about the steps. Others can carry out more complex actions such as a smooth golf swing, a series of dance steps, or other challenging activities with relative ease. A few master a second or third language — perhaps even sign language which adds another level of difficulty to the challenge — or play a musical instrument with excellence.

These abilities come with great effort, with discipline to remain committed to a goal, and with repetition. All the basic elements we need for these activities are present in our God-given design.    

Similarly, 2 Peter 1:3 says God gives us “everything we need for a godly life.” As with a skill we learn through physical repetition, living a godly life comes through a series of next steps, which build on each other. 2 Peter 1:5-7 says, “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.”

With enough repetition and practice, spiritual disciplines can become as automatic as tying our shoes or brushing our teeth.

Just as practice and rehearsal make us unlikely to make errors in a physical skill, 2 Peter 1:8 says if we take these next steps “in increasing measure, they will keep [us] from being ineffective and unproductive in [our] knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”  

With enough repetition and practice, spiritual disciplines can become as automatic as tying our shoes or brushing our teeth.

Reflect:

  • According to 2 Peter 1:3-10, what is your next step toward a godly life?
  • What is one thing you can do every day to exercise the steps regularly?

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