2 Peter 1:5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;
6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;
7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.
8 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Introductory Thoughts

Every mature Christian knows that physical means remains incapable of scaling the spiritual heights of the Christian life. Yet, far too many Christians spend enormous efforts in trying to live the Christian life in their own strength and power. Sooner or later, they all experience the sheer futility of such an endeavor. The Christian life is to be lived and developed in the spiritual realm, never the physical one. Spiritual maturity comes as building blocks are placed one upon another. Interestingly, when a man begins walking in the spiritual realm, God opens his eyes to each new area of life in need of attention, correction, and growth. Today’s passage refers to several of these attributes. Each characteristic builds upon the previous ones; things like virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, godliness, brotherly kindness, and charity. Every believer ought to strive to exemplify these, yet the Bible identifies one as foundational to them all. According to 2 Peter 1:5, faith remains foundational as the first grace to which believers are to add all others. Those who neglect faith have nothing upon which to build.

Devotional Thoughts 

· (For children): When you build with blocks, you have to start with one block on the bottom to hold and support the others. Building your life starts by believing the truth of God’s word. As you continue to learn what the Bible says, by building one block on top of the other, you can do what it says to do. 
· (For everyone): Since faith is foundational to the other spiritual characteristics, how would you say that you doing with your building? Does your foundation need additional attention? Are you trying to work on things like patience without the proper foundation?
· It can be impossible and definitely unwise to build upon a weak foundation. Do you find that you are constantly trying to rebuild facets of your crumbling life? Pinpointing the problem might simply be a foundational lack of faith.

Prayer Thoughts

· Ask God to build your faith strong so you can grow in your walk with the Lord.
· Ask God to reveal the strength of your faith on a daily basis.
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