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Have you ever stepped on a Lego® brand, plastic building block with a bare foot? They hurt! The hard little blocks have sharp edges and corners that painfully poke a foot. But that is not their intended purpose. They were made to snap together to create larger, complex objects. Each little block is attractive in its own right, often white, blue or red in color. But they are even more interesting when assembled into a car, plane, building or animal. I’m sure you have played with Lego® blocks at one time or another.
A few weeks ago we started looking at 2 Peter 1:5-7. It reads, “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, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love.” (NIV 1984)
Did you notice the phrase “add to”? Peter tells us that developing our character starts with faith, but we add other things. It is not quite like snapping Lego® blocks together. But developing the traits Peter mentioned takes our effort and God’s spirit. Character is a mosaic of different attitudes and qualities. Assemble them together and our character is more beautiful than each trait by itself.
This week, we will examine the last trait Peter tells us to add, love. It is the epitome of godly character, for God is love.
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