Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Theme: The Relevant Church
Topic: Growth In Character
2 Peter 1:5-8
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
It is disadvantageous for a church to grow in some areas and not in others. The ideal way to grow is to do so together in every aspect of life. Yesterday we looked at "Growth In the Knowledge of Jesus Christ". Today, we continue the series with "Growth In Character". Believers must grow in character. We must add character to knowledge. It is a cumulative exercise. Maturity is an all round development of spiritual virtue. Don’t specialise in having some character traits while you neglect others.
The apostle Peter urges believers to be diligent to add to our faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge temperance, to temperance patience, to patience godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness and to brotherly kindness charity (2 Peter 1:5-8). This is the evidence that we are not barren or unfruitful. The various elements of the fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22-23 give us another version of the list of character traits believers must bear to glorify God and influence the world.
Materialism and greed drive misguided folk in the Church to form ministries and local churches. They literally call themselves into the ministry and use human charisma and deceptive means to draw a following after themselves. Such individuals lack patience and self-control. They seek their personal interest above the interest of the group. Relevant churches don’t suffer random splits because the unbridled desire of individuals to be called the founders and general overseers of their own churches is curtailed. Weak churches develop disturbing cracks and divisions because of the absence of character.
1. Pray for the grace to develop the right character.
2. Pray also that the Holy Ghost will help you not to be deficient in some character traits.
“Building a Solid Church” by Eastwood Anaba
(e-books available at www.amazon.com)