Thursday, June 10, 2010

Virtue, a building block above faith.

2 Peter 1:5a says the following: But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue...

The Christian life is full of challenges and as I continue to learn more and more about my faith I am coming to the conclusion that I must continually grow in my faith. I cannot sit still and do nothing. The question that comes to mind is "how can I grow in my faith"? 2 Peter chapter 1 gives us an idea of things we need to be adding to our faith in our daily walk with the Lord.

First, it says we must add virtue to our faith. What is virtue, and how do I add it to my faith? The word used for virtue comes from the Greek word that can also be translated "excellence of character" or "goodness". It is interesting that immediately on the top of our faith we need to add a characteristic that reflects the nature of God. We know that God is good and as be strive to become more like Christ, our nature should be good as well. We should strive for moral excellence.

That means we need to seek to remove anything from or lives that would not reflect the nature of God. This is no easy task because it requires knowing Him and understanding His ways. We have to be in His Word daily and be seeking Him through prayer.

Spend a few minutes thinking about adding moral excellence to your list of characteristics. Can it be said of you that virtue is a characteristic that you hold? I hope and pray that is true for your life.

In Christ,
Doug Johnson

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