Saturday, May 22, 2010

Faith Additives - Virtue

"And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue;...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...for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:" - 2nd Peter 1:5,8,10b (KJV)
Peter tells believers their faith, as much like his and as good as it was, needs additives1 , and first on the list is "Virtue".

The word Peter used literally meant "excellence", having with it the notion of living up to full potential. It was applied by ancient Greeks to things like a job well done or something in tip-top shape.2

Those who have faith in Christ should strive for excellence in what they do. It is our calling3 , it is what we are to think about4 , and it is seen in Jesus5

Adding excellence to how we live will keep us from being unfruitful and barren, and will keep us from falling.

Today's focus: "How can I add excellence to what I am doing right now?"

1 - "Faith Additives..."
2 - Wikipedia
3 - 2nd Peter 1:3
4 - Philippians 4:8
5 - 1st Peter 2:9 "praises" (KJV/NIV) uses the same Greek word.

- Fritz

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