“His divine power has given us everything needed for life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Thus he has given us, through these things, his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may escape from the corruption that is in the world because of lust, and may become participants in the divine nature.
“For this very reason, you must make every effort to support your faith with goodness, and goodness with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with endurance, and endurance with godliness, and godliness with mutual affection, and mutual affection with love. For if these things are your and are increasing among you, they keep you from being ineffective and unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 1:5-8)
“You must make every effort to support your faith with goodness, and goodness with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control.”
Faith without goodness is no faith at all. If faith in a good and gracious God does not lead to goodness then that faith is worthless.
But goodness is not just being and doing good for goodness’ sake. Goodness needs to be supported by right knowledge. It is knowing what God desires and what God’s will is that knowledge supports and buttresses goodness. It is a goodness that comes from knowing who God is.
But there’s a problem with knowledge on its own. Knowledge on its own often leads to arrogance. That’s why our knowledge must be accompanied by self-control, self-mastery, self-restraint.
Knowing how patient and loving God leads to how we use our knowledge in being patient and loving with those around us.
So, get in the word. Study God’s character so that we can know how we are to live with and love those around us. And as we understand how incredibly patient and loving God is with us, that knowledge will show in how we patiently love those around us.
When it comes to loving others, we are going to need boat loads of patience, grace, and a forgiving spirit because all of us are so stubbornly unlovable and ungrateful at times.