2 Peter 1:5-7 NKJV
But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love.
The live a life of faith is an active one. No where in Scripture does it tells us, we’re done moving forward or done participating with the Spirit or done helping others grow or finished with the work of discipleship. We must be about the process of growing our faith.
Peter admonishes fellow believers to continue doing what is right in the sight of the Lord. This starts with all diligence.
The definition of diligence is the constant and earnest effort to accomplish what is undertaken; persistent exertion of the body or mind. So we must put diligence in our own faith life.
Our faith must be built up continually. Faith is confidence or trust in a person, specifically Jesus.
This is why Peter suggests we add virtue to our faith. Virtue is defined as moral excellence, goodness and righteousness.
To virtue we are to add knowledge. Definition of knowledge is the acquaintance with facts, truths, principles as a form of study or investigation.
Peter further instructs us to add self control to our knowledge. Self-control is restraint of oneself or one’s actions or feelings. This is key when acquiring knowledge for without self-control we would get puffed up with pride.
Next we see perseverance is needed. The definition of perseverance is steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state, especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement. Oh how perseverance is needed in our walk of faith!
Godliness comes next. Godliness is conforming to laws and wishes of God, being devout, or pious.
After godliness, comes brotherly kindness which is the state or quality of being kind or act of favor. God is kind to us. And we should show our kindness to others.
Lastly, we see brotherly love is added to kindness. This is a profoundly tender, passionate affection for another person. Remember we are told to love others as ourselves.
Use this verse as a litmus test for our life. How are you doing? What areas do you need to improve? Ask God for help.
Father, thank you for giving us all that we need to live a godly life before you. Thank you for empowering us with your Word and your Spirit to live it out as Peter suggests. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.