His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.
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, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But if anyone does not have them, he is nearsighted and blind, and has forgotten that he has been cleansed from his past sins.
(2 Peter 1:3–9, NIV 1984).
My Musings – “For this very reason.” What reason? “His divine power has given us everything we need…so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world.” Through this power, “His divine power,” we are enabled to “make every effort” to “possess [the listed] qualities in increasing measure.” If we do not have them, we are at best nearsighted or worse, blind. For who would not want to possess “His very great and precious promises,” when they are ours for the taking?
My Advice – Never forget “that [you] have been cleansed from [your] past sins.” Make the effort so you will not be “ineffective and unproductive.“