Daily reading: 11 December
Foundations of faith.
Something to read
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.
- 2 Peter 1: 5-7, (from full reading 2 Peter 1: 2-15).
Something to think about
Peter, writing here about how Christ would have us live, is clear about how the different facets of our character and actions are interlinked. Each is supported by another, and the basis for everything is love.
Elsewhere in the bible, James says that “faith without works is dead” (The Message reads “God-talk without God-acts is outrageous nonsense”), and Paul says that action not based on love is empty noise (“the creaking of a rusty gate” in The Message).
Scripture is clear that our faith needs to be supported by our actions (and vice versa), and that these in turn should be built on the foundations of the love, life and work of Christ.
Likewise, the work of Christian Aid is built on our understanding of God’s love for the world, blossomed into awareness of the need of others, and of our own capacity to be part of meeting that need. We also understand our own needs, and how the same people we seek to help can, in turn, help us.
Something to do
Spend some time today reflecting on your own spiritual development – recognising how you have grown and changed as you have learnt more about God, yourself and the world. Thank God for areas where you can see positive change, and ask for help, persistence and patience where aspects of your character may appear weaker.
Something to pray
Thank you for walking with me and helping me grow into who you made me to be – help me where I am struggling.
Today’s contributor is Andy Campbell, a former London Regional Coordinator for Christian Aid.
Published on 11 December 2020