Christian Virtues – a weekly series
Over the next few weeks we’re going to be looking at the Christian virtues or qualities listed by Peter, the Apostle of Jesus, in his second letter (2 Peter 1:5-7) . He encourages us to add to our faith the following qualities:
- Brotherly kindness
Reading on to verse 8;
“For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
What Peter teaches, and he is only teaching us what Jesus taught him, is that these qualities do not always come automatically; they require effort on our part. He also teaches that they are not optional; all of them have to be a continual part of our daily Christian life.
Before you feel this is all too much, know this good news: God empowers and enables us to achieve this. As He does this, He graciously gives us the responsibility to learn and to grow, because this is a process we are called to go through as a Christian. We should not be surprised that we have to put in some effort, and we certainly should not be resentful at having to do it.
How can we be resentful if when we possess these qualities in increasing measure, we will be kept from being ineffective and unproductive in our knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
I invite you to join me on this weekly journey of exploration into the Christian virtues, starting with our first installation, faith itself.