Give me 3 steps mister

July 2, 2017

AA has 12 steps

Alfred Hitchcock had 39

Judaism has 613

Lynyrd Skynyrd has 3

We have 8

Peter tells us the life of godliness is rooted in and dependent on God’s grace. We should live in way that is pleasing to God because Christ has given us all we need to live a life of godliness (see 2Pe 1:3–4).

 But Peter also makes clear that we are expected to put forth effort, and connects together a chain of eight essential virtues (vv. 5–8):

  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.

  So how do we go about incorporating these 8 virtues into our lives? The most practical and powerful way to get believers headed in the direction of spiritual maturity is to help them establish habits that promote spiritual growth.

 In other articles we examine specific ways we can develop habits related to each of these virtues (“Developing the Habit of Faith”, “Developing the Habit of Goodness”, “Developing the Habit of Knowledge”, “Developing the Habit of Self-Control”, “Developing the Habit of Perseverance”, “Developing the Habit of Godliness”, “Developing the Habit of Mutual Affection” and “Developing the Habit of Love”). For now, though, let’s consider the role of the Holy Spirit in forming virtuous habits.

 The role of virtue in the life of the Christian is to help us become the sort of person who has certain dispositions to respond to certain situations in characteristic ways that illustrate the essence of true humanity, which is “true” only when in relation to God.

 The Spirit guides us from the lack of virtue to the source of all virtues, producing in us by this relationship the “fruit of the Spirit” (see Gal 5:22–23). Because God is the origin, there is a coherence of the virtues in God himself: If God is the unifying element of the virtues, then none of the virtues are secondary. The Spirit not only distributes the different virtues to each individual, but also helps us to resolve any apparent dilemmas between specific virtues.

 The Holy Spirit also plays a role in developing the virtues by mediating them through our interactions with the divine Trinitarian community (the Trinity), with the community of faith (the church), the Word of God (the Bible) and the individual self (the believer’s conscience). The Spirit works through these means both to develop our ethical understanding (i.e., illuminate the moral requirements outlined in Scripture) and to help us live and act virtuously.

 “But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: ‘Be holy, because I am holy’ ” (1Pe 1:15–16). This task of making us holy—sanctification—is reserved for the Holy Spirit, who helps us conform to the image of Christ.

 Sanctification, though, is a cooperative work that involves both the Spirit and the individual Christian. Unlike regeneration, we have an active role to play in the process. Every ethical and moral action is a step forward or backward on the road to becoming sanctified. Fortunately for us, the Spirit also plays an essential role when we fail to live virtuously: forgiving our sins and trespasses.

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

Remember Peter, who has a stalker and is making family life stressful

Pray for Paul K. cancer surgery just around the corner

Pray for those seeking employment

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