In order to be a partaker of the Divine nature, a man must first be freed from himself. That which binds him to himself, to the tyranny and slavery which "self" exacts and demands, must be broken. A man must first be willing to lose himself and all his self-sufficiency before he can ever find his Divine self. He must realize that selfishness is not worth clinging to, for it is a master not worthy of his service. It is the Divine alone that is worthy to be enthroned in his heart as supreme Master of his life. He must believe in the supremacy of righteousness, the desirability of purity, and the power of integrity. He must humbly hold before himself the Holy One, the Christ, and seek to be just like Him through the power of the Holy Spirit, and pursue Him with great zeal. It is only then that many will look upon such a man and desire what he possesses. For he possesses within himself a contentment that can only be found in the unfailing and eternal riches of Christ!
~ Fr. Richard+
2 Peter 1:3-8
According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge and to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; and to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Priest and Vicar of The Uprising ~ Ancient:Apostolic:Anglican Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The Uprising is an Incarnational and Sacramental Anglican mission community seeking the spiritual renewal of our city through the grace, love, truth, and power of Christ.