A Sermon on 2 Peter 1:5-7
For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. (ESV)
Do you often find yourself discouraged or depressed in your faith? During these times, are you also noticing that any attempts to grow in knowledge are met with fatigue or busyness? Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones explains how this is not just a coincidence. Symptoms of spiritual depression are subtle and come creeping into our lives. Times like this remind us of our life before Christ, filled with uncertainty, shallowness and misery. Causes for this spiritual depression come from having the wrong view of faith and sheer lack of diligence. Conviction should set in when we have a zeal and a passion for other areas of our life, but not for our spiritual life. Christians must safeguard our time with the Lord and be diligent to grow deeper in faith and in knowledge of the Lord. Faith grows when the pressures of the world are confronted with the truth of God's Word. When we do this with patience and diligence, we will not be as prone to fall away as before. This will help us begin to grow and enjoy Christian life with abundance!