2 Peter 1:3 (Amp)
â€œFor 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.Â In my mind, it was the essence of purity.Â My understanding of virtue might have something to do with the traditional Websterâ€™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 â€“ excellence â€“ a boldness to do what needs to be done (this last one is the Kathryn translation of virtue).Â Just think of male testosterone gone spiritual.
Every day I need to challenge myself to do my very best in everything I do.Â If I mop, I will use actual floor soap, I will pick things up off the floor, and I will even sweep first.Â If I blog, I will do it with good grammar, flowing sentences, and even the use of spell check.Â 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.Â Itâ€™s looking inside me instead of looking at what is going on outside.Â Virtue takes responsibility for every aspect of life.Â Surely I can do that.
Itâ€™s not complicated.Â Itâ€™s just a simple choice to give the best of what I have got, without hesitation or excuses.Â God has given me His virtue.Â Now I just have to put it to work.