I wonder if Peter was a mathematician. In his writing from 2 Peter 1:5-8, he assigns six equations. Each equation is to be solved with love.

Effort+ Faith

Faith + Goodness

Goodness+ Knowledge

Knowledge+ Self-Control

 Self-Control+ Godliness

 Godliness+ Mutual Affection

 Love Love Love Love Love Love

God calls me to calculate everything with love. Everything means everything. In practicing His lifelong algorithm, I see multiple steps. Each step builds upon another and if I miss stages of this process, my lifework becomes a fraction of goodness.

Loving God and respecting His creation requires minute-by-minute efforts. Sometimes I wish I had scrap paper to practice these virtues before I can show the world my sincere care. In 2 Peter 1-8, I’m assured that “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.”

Teacher, please guide me to continually practice life’s equation, solving everything with love.  From a classroom of life, I leap from my lily pad to show effort, faith, goodness, knowledge, self-control, godliness, mutual affection.

Ending in love,


“For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love” (2 Peter 1:5-8 NIV).

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