2 Peter 1 Lesson

Godly virtues

Have you ever heard of the expression, “You are either growing, or you are dying?” Does this statement pertain to our lives as Christians? According to the Bible, it most certainly does!

Our focus verse today is taken from 2 Peter 1:

“Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence, and in your moral excellence, knowledge, and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness, and in your godliness, brotherly kindness, and in your brotherly kindness, love.  For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they render you neither useless nor unfruitful in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” – 2 Peter 1:5-8.

Peter points out that these eight qualities should not only be present in the life of a Christian, but they should also be increasing. We should be pursuing these virtues with “all diligence.”

Being a Christian is not a passive thing! There is work to be done, and we are expected to do it! Peter tells us that we are to apply all diligence to acquiring and demonstrating:

  • Faith.
  • Moral excellence.
  • Knowledge.
  • Self-control.
  • Perseverance.
  • Godliness.
  • Brotherly kindness.
  • Love.

These eight virtues are traits that we should hunger to possess as we live to serve God and one another. When Peter refers to himself as a bondservant in 2 Peter 1:1, he is saying that he is utterly and completely devoted to serving Christ.

Do we have this same type of devotion when it comes to our own Christianity?

Is our faith growing, or is it dying?

Do we think of ourselves as bondservants of Jesus, or are we more like passive followers?

It is critical to our salvation that we work with “all diligence” to acquire faith, moral excellence, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness, and love.

This starts with reading God’s word and applying what we have learned.  The Apostle Paul wrote in his letter to the Romans that spending time in God's word increases our faith:

  • Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God.” – Romans 10:17.

As we increase our faith through time in God's word, we then must apply, with diligence, what we have read.  When we do this, we are on our way to developing moral excellence and self-control.

There will be struggles along the way.  God uses adversity to teach us, to shape us, and to discipline us.  It is up to us to persevere through these challenges.  As we continue to serve God with diligence in our lives, overtime we will develop godliness, brotherly kindness, and love.

When we commit our very being to Christ, amazing things will begin to happen in our lives!

Peter tells us that for those that possess these godly qualities:

“They render you neither useless nor unfruitful in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” – 2 Peter 1:8.

Being a Christian is not about serving ourselves or seeing how much “stuff” we can accumulate.

Think about these words spoken by Jesus:

“Whoever wants to become prominent among you shall be your servant, and whoever desires to be first among you shall be your slave; just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.” – Mathew 20:26-28.

Like Jesus, we should not be living to serve ourselves. We have a higher purpose!

Man has always asked the question, “Why am I here?” Fortunately, the Bible answers this question for Christians.   Jesus was asked what the greatest commandments are.  He responded:

"You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.  This is the great and foremost commandment.  The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ Upon these two commandments hang the whole Law and the Prophets.” - Mathew 22:37-40.

Working diligently to acquire the eight characteristics of faith, moral excellence, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness, and love throughout our liveswill keep us from stumbling and will lead us to heaven.

We will conclude today’s study with the following words of encouragement:

“Therefore, brethren, be all the more diligent to make certain about His calling and choosing you; for as long as you practice these things, you will never stumble; for in this way the entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be abundantly supplied to you.” – 2 Peter 1:10-11.

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How can you apply what you have just learned?

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How can you apply what you have just learned?

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John
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I can decide not to be content with my current status as a Christian and constantly seek to be more like Jesus. There is always something to work on. There is always somebody that needs to hear the Gospel. There are always people in need.

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jmack3388

Thank you God for revealing your plan for us! Help me to build on these virtues and turn away from sin.

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