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Add to Your Faith, Virtue

Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, 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; 2 Peter 1:2-5

As Believers in Christ Jesus, we all want to live the abundant life that the Bible promises (John 10:10); however, this abundant life is only available through, and by, a right relationship with Jesus. We must first know Him.

Knowing God comes through Bible study and prayer. The power to prosper doesn’t come from within us, but by becoming “partakers of [His] divine nature.” We need God to produce godly characteristics.

Knowing God positions us to be recipients of godly wisdom and understanding. Jesus as our eternal reservoir, pours into us “all things that pertain unto life and godliness.”

God’s grace, and His peace, become increasingly evident in our life when we spend time with Him. Having faith is great, but faith without works is dead (James 2:14-17). The Apostle Peter imparts unto us to add to our faith, virtue.

Virtue is goodness, righteousness, moral excellence, integrity, honesty, decency, honor, respectability, faithfulness, self-control, hope, and love. Virtue encompasses godly characteristics. Faith cannot be seen unless virtue is first displayed.

Christians are the light of the world. We must live so every nation can see our good work and glorify our Father in heaven. We are the salt of the earth. It is up to us to preserve godliness and make a difference in the lives of those we come in contact with. God is glorified by a virtuous person.

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