Morning Devotion: Read Jude
Jude 1:20 But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, 21 Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
Building upon our most holy faith reveals the very person and nature of who we are. In building upon our faith, we begin to see some areas that need improvement.
Peter provides us with some important aspects of faith that must be focued on for growing faith.
Virtue, is the moral excellence of a godly nature not morality as governed by altruistic means but by God.
Knowledge is that which is given by God. This knowledge supersedes man’s knowledge in every aspect of life.
2 Peter 1:4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
5 ¶And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith VIRTUE; and to virtue KNOWLEDGE;
6 And to knowledge TEMPERANCE; and to temperance PATIENCE; and to patience GODLINESS;
7 And to godliness BROTHERLY KINDNESS; and to brotherly kindness CHARITY.
8 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
9 But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.
Now we come to Temperence and Patience. Both of these attributes deal with self control.
Webster’s dictionary of 1828 tells us: Temperance is moderation; particularly, habitual moderation in regard to the indulgence of the natural appetites and passions; restrained or moderate indulgence; as temperance in eating and drinking; temperance in the indulgence of joy or mirth. temperance in eating and drinking is opposed to gluttony and drunkenness, and in other indulgences, to excess. It is also Patience; calmness; sedateness; moderation of passion.
It is a portion of the fruit of the Spirit. Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. 24 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. 25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
Webster’s dictionary of 1828 also tells us: Patience is much like temperance it is the suffering of afflictions, pain, toil, calamity, provocation or other evil, with a calm, unruffled temper; endurance without murmuring or fretfulness.
Patience, for the believer is “submission to the divine will of God” since it is a part of the divine.
It is a calm temper which bears evils without murmuring or discontent.
In Luke 21:8-19, which is a description of end time events, God tell us to use His patience. Luke 21:19 In your patience possess ye your souls.
Patience is only used when things are not going your way. If everything was good and calm and great you would have no need of patience.
Both temperance and patience are a part of faith dependent upon God. To grow in your most holy faith is to be dependent upon God.
2 Corinthians 5:14 For the love of Christ constraineth us;…
The next time you are faced with an adverse situation, exercise your faith, take the opportunity to grow in your faith. You might start by praying, “God let me use the patience you gave me to glorify you.”
2 Corinthians 5:9 Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him.
The choice is still yours,