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Four More Virtues to Pursue

May 11, 2020

To self-control, [add] perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. 2 Peter 1:6-7 (NIV)

Here are four more virtues that Peter encourages us to actively pursue in the power of the Holy Spirit:

4. Perseverance (Pressing on): The impulsive person gives up easily. He is pushed around by what he feels. When the impulsive person gets fed up, he wants to give up. You need to grow out of that. Where do you most feel like giving up today?

5. Godliness (A life that flows from a passion for God): Worship refreshes your love for Christ. This love is the source of your love for other Christians and your love for the world. What priority does worship and prayer have in your life? How is your love for Christ?

6. Brotherly kindness (A generous spirit toward other believers): The person who is really useful to Christ is always asking, “How can I contribute to the lives of others?” This person is slow to think the worst, and quick to think the best of other believers. Are you aware of a Christian in financial (or any other) need? Have you been thinking the worst of someone?

7. Love (God’s compassion for the world): It is possible to be passionate about reaching the lost, yet critical of other Christians; or generous to other believers, yet heartless toward the lost. God doesn’t give you the choice. Where can you demonstrate God’s compassion for lost people? Do you know someone who has never heard the “good news” of Jesus Christ?

Make every effort to progress in these things. Go after them with all the energy you can muster. Make them yours. Add them to your faith.

Which virtue(s) will you commit to more actively pursue?

The Author
Colin Smith

Colin Smith is the Senior Pastor of The Orchard Evangelical Free Church in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. He has authored a number of books, including Heaven, How I Got Here and Heaven, So Near - So Far. Colin is the President and Teacher for Unlocking the Bible. Follow him on Twitter.

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