The last few weeks, we have been diving deep into 2 Peter 1:3-9. Peter writes that our faith is deepened and enriched by supplementing it.
2 Peter 1:3-9
His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. 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. But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins.
Last week, we added godliness as a supplement. Up until now, all the supplements have been internal or to put it another way, all about you. This week, however, there is a switch. We are to add to our godliness mutual affection.
- What does mutual affection mean to you?
- Why do you think Peter adds a quality that includes others?
Mutual affection when broken down means the following:
Mutual-(of a feeling or action) experienced or done by each of two or more parties toward the other or others.
Affection- a gentle feeling of fondness or liking.
Basically, Peter is instructing us to like each other. This can seem counter to our culture.
- Why is liking each other important to godliness?
In our culture, we hold to clichéd phrases like “if you can’t say nothing nice, don’t say anything at all” or “I love them, but I don’t like them.” Often, they aren’t actually true.
- What are some phrases you hold to in regard to relationships that might not actually be true?
- How are these ideas keeping you from mutual affection?
Its natural that we hold onto these lies. As humans, we love poorly. And culturally we like our independence and individuality. But spiritually, we are tethered to each other.
Lets read Ephesian 4:2-6
Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
We are called to be one. And by being one, we cannot be in dislike of each other. It’s like a spiritual self-loathing by doing so.
- What is Ephesians teaching us about being one?
- Where have you seen this fall short in your own life?
Mutual affection is grounded in godliness which takes perseverence in self-control that is supported by knowledge of God’s goodness. We are called into this love with one another and we are given all that is necessary to live this life.