I have one word highlighted from the passage that I read today . .LOVE . . this is the one quality that God gave me when I became a Christian, that I had never truly felt for my father (earthly father) before. He just gave it to me . . and in abundance I might add! It wasn't something I had to work hard to get and feel for my father . . it was just there once I gave my life over to Christ. Shortly after my conversion, I got in contact with my father, who was in prison, for the first time since I was a teenager. He shared with me that he recently found out he had cancer . . he was only 44 years old. Looking back, it seems that God had worked in the timing of our reconnection.
The rest of the attributes such as goodnessm knowledge, self-control, perseverness, godliness and brotherly kindness, I didn't highlight . . I guess because they are things I fail miserably with on a daily basis. They are something that God doesn't just give us, we have to work at them! I can blame my busy schedule, life-changing events, etc. for lack of having these attributes, but it comes down to laziness and sin keeping me going in every other direction but where I need to be.
Please read this passage and let me know what you think of it.
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. For if you posess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But if anyone does not have them, he is nearsighted and blind, and has forgotten that he has been cleansed from his past sins. . . Therefore, my brothers, be all the more eager to make your calling and election sure. For if you do these things, you will never fall, and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom or our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.