A Symphony of Life

James Nettinga

READ : 2 Peter 1:3-8

I find in these words the strains of a symphony of life for everyone. They are one movement in an open letter of hope and confidence, reminding believers of the faith into which they were called. Peter recalls the promises through which they became partakers of God’s divine power. He calls them to prove their faith by earnest growth in seven great qualities of life. They are a beautiful image as musical instruments that make up an orchestra.

The word add in verse 5 “. . . giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, and to virtue knowledge. . . . “ is a very pictorial term. In Hebrew it refers to a choir of well-trained musicians who led the trained choristers in the temple. A literal Greek translation gives a picture of the Greek temple singers “leading up hand in hand.” It is like the making of a great arrangement, adding one instrument to another, leading to a harmony of beauty and strength.

This symphony of beautiful qualities has never ceased to echo in the hearts of people. It increased in volume through the harmonious blending of true Christian experience: courage of heroes, contemplation of prophets, patience of workers, trust of children, godliness of saints, and the love of all for each other.


May we hear that symphony again, surrendering our life to Christ as the director of the symphony of fruitful living. Amen.