For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith excellence, to excellence, knowledge; — 2 Pet 1:5 NET
Our lesson presents us with a splendid sum in addition. The graces are to be added, one to another.
Faith comes first; but faith cannot stand–alone, so we add to our faith virtue – that is, manliness, with all the noble qualities that apply to manliness.
Next we are to add knowledge – knowledge, of course, of the true kind, wisdom for life, spiritual knowledge, knowledge of God and of God’s will.
Self–control comes next – this is the key of all noble life. No matter how strong we are, or how much we know, if we have not self–control, something is wanting. He that can rule himself is strong, while he that lacks self–mastery, no matter what other gifts he may have, is pitiably weak.
Self–control produces another element – patience, patience in suffering. Another quality to be added to patience is Godliness – Godlikeness.
Then comes brotherly kindness – affectionateness to those among whom we mingle.
Last of all – love, the crowning gift and blessing.
To have these elements of character is to be ready for life.
Mornings With God - October 10
Public domain content taken from Morning Thoughts by J.R. Miller.