2 Peter 1:3-11

A call to Christian living and its reward

3By his divine power, he has given us all the things that we need for life and for true devotion, bringing us to know God himself, who has called us by his own glory and goodness.  4In making these gifts, he has given us the guarantee of something very great and wonderful to come: through them you will be able to share the divine nature and to escape corruption in a world that is sunk in vice.  5But to attain this, you will have to do your utmost yourselves, adding goodness to the faith that you have, understanding to your goodness, 6self-control to your understanding, patience to your self-control, true devotion to your patience, 7kindness toward your fellow men to your devotion, and, to this kindness, love. 8If you have a generous supply of these, they will not leave you ineffectual or unproductive; they will bring you to a real knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.  9But without them a man is blind or else shortsighted; he has forgotten how his past sins were washed away. 10Brothers, you have been called and chosen: work all the harder to justify it.  If you do all these things there is no danger that you will ever fall away.  11In this way you will be granted admittance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.