OUR LORD PROVIDES US WITH KNOWLEDGE
1 Corinthians 13 verse 13 says;
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
As we grow towards love, which is the greatest of virtues as defined by the apostle Paul, we who are believers in Jesus Christ go through a progression of attainments listed in 2 Peter 1 verse 5 - 7.
For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love.
Starting out, once we believe through faith, we move to the pursuit of goodness where we start exercising our desire to separate ourselves from the things of the flesh we used to do.
Clearing away the clutter of worldly desires, then creates a hunger for knowledge of things of the God and of the Spirit. All knowledge is under the purview of God and those who seek Him fervently will have godly knowledge revealed to them.
Once we receive knowledge, we gain self-control as knowledge provides us with the correct understanding of ourselves, the realm of the spirit, the nature of our adversary and the authority and power of our God. As well, we are given knowledge of the mysteries hidden away for us by our Lord to give us advantage in navigating the things of this world when we require them.
With self-control, we can then move into perseverance; then godliness; then mutual affection; then to love.
Because so much of our growth in the spirit is hinged on this continuum, the apostle Paul urges us to make every effort to reach the milestones on the path and the third milestone of gaining knowledge is an eye-opening station of revelation and greater understanding provided for by our Lord.
Bless the name of the Lord.
Reference Resource: dailyverses.net
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