“His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness” (2 Peter 1.3 NIV).
Some people mistakenly believe that all they need is their emotions to love God. Studying God’s Word and discovering His character takes a back seat, and their worship of God is centered on feeling good and alive. They think that having positive emotional feelings will guarantee a deeper relationship with Him. But this line of thought is just not true. It is difficult to love someone who we do not know or spend time with. There are four things that the Bible tells us we must use in order to grow in the Lord: our heart (emotions), our soul (personality), our strength (will) and our mind (intellect). The Holy Spirit will increase our love for God and deepen our relationship with Him in these four areas. And what we find is that when we grow in one area, we will also grow in the other three areas, strengthening our intimacy with the Lord. When we learn more about God by reading His Word and spending time with Him, our deepening knowledge of God will bolster our heart (intensifying our feelings for Him), our soul (molding our personality into His likeness) and our strength (increasing our obedience to His will). Peter explains that we achieve more of God’s available power when we begin to know God more. It is impossible to claim something we do not know. Therefore, we must know God and all of His promises, so we can gain all His goodness. So if we feel like we are lacking what “we need for a godly life,” maybe we should take time to open our Bibles and listen to God’s voice today.
“He answered, ‘’Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’” (Luke 10.27 NIV).