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2 Peter 1 - Key

v7

And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.

I've been thinking about how true it is, that we need real faith, trusting in the Lord, in order to be patient in situations. Also, we really need faith and patience in order to have brotherly kindness.

I think about the story of Joseph. How much faith he must have had to keep following the Lord when he was sold into slavery in Egypt! How much patience he must have had the many years he suffered because of things that weren't right between him and his brothers, until he finally saw them again. How much he needed faith and patience when he saw them again, to still have that amazing brotherly kindness for them.

Genesis 50:20

But as for you, ye thought evil against me; [but] God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as [it is] this day, to save much people alive.
This is a great and precious promise. When we're in situations that just seem to be getting worse, and seem like they'll never stop despite how much we pray, and seem like nothing good could possibly come to anyone because of them... Remember God's promise.

Romans 8:28

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to [his] purpose.

Application

2 Peter 1:7 talks about our need to have brotherly kindness. This makes me think of what I just learned in Amos.
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