2 Peter 1:3-11 (ESV)

His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.

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.

For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins. Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to confirm your calling and election, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall. For in this way there will be richly provided for you an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Seven Supplements

These Scriptures provide a way to act on faith according to sequential qualities.

The main point is to act on faith so as to love.

Discern which quality is the main focus of your application from the text, and then add an action of the next quality to make your ‘Following goal’.

The lists below may help you discern which quality is the main focus of your application and what action might be added to it.

Terms - Definitions - Ideas - Examples

Faith - Hebrews 11:1 - Trust in God - Jesus' whole life

  1. Virtue - Philippians 4:8 - Resolution - Grace for woman caught in adultery

  2. Knowledge - Proverbs 23:23 - Gain wisdom - Preach the Sermon on the Mount

  3. Self-Control - Romans 8:13 - Resist temptations - Stand firm in the wilderness

  4. Steadfastness - 2 Corinthians 4:16 - Endure trials - Silent before accusers

  5. Godliness - Ecclesiastes 12:13 - Obey God - Submission at Gethsemane

  6. Brotherly Affection - Galatians 6:10 - Be neighborly - Washing the disciples' feet

  7. Love - John 13:35 - Self-sacrifice - Dying on the cross