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A Change Is Going to Come

2 Peter 1:3 (Amp)

“For His divine power has bestowed upon us all things that [are requisite and suited] to life and godliness, through the [full, personal] knowledge of Him Who called us by and to His own glory and excellence (virtue).

Virtue is not something I would have equated with excellence.  In my mind, it was the essence of purity.  My understanding of virtue might have something to do with the traditional Webster’s dictionary that has the definition of moral excellence and chastity.

A quick study of a concordance and I discovered that the use of virtue in 2 Peter is described as valor – excellence – a boldness to do what needs to be done (this last one is the Kathryn translation of virtue).  Just think of male testosterone gone spiritual.

Every day I need to challenge myself to do my very best in everything I do.  If I mop, I will use actual floor soap, I will pick things up off the floor, and I will even sweep first.  If I blog, I will do it with good grammar, flowing sentences, and even the use of spell check.  If I drive to town, I will follow the rules (yes, this does include the speed limit), I will be patient with the other drivers, I will be a positive example to all those I encounter.

Virtue is about living a life WITHOUT excuses.  It’s looking inside me instead of looking at what is going on outside.  Virtue takes responsibility for every aspect of life.  Surely I can do that.

It’s not complicated.  It’s just a simple choice to give the best of what I have got, without hesitation or excuses.  God has given me His virtue.  Now I just have to put it to work.

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