Understand virtue to create a bold change for your life.
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).
We all have ideas about words – and over the years the word’s definition can change without notice. Virtue is one of those words.
I never would have equated it with excellence. In my mind, it was the essence of purity. My understanding came from the traditional Webster’s dictionary that has the definition of moral excellence and chastity.
A quick study with 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 from the Kathryn translation). 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 Leads to Life Without Excuses
- Be patient in moments of trial.
- Be bold in moments of challenge.
- Be strong in moments of storm.
- Be determined in moments of tribulation.
Living this life requires I make purposeful changes in how I choose. It starts by looking inside me instead of looking at what is going on outside. Virtue takes responsibility for every aspect of life, but I have to choose to look at life through that lens.
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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