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Add Virtue to Your Faith #612

But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue… (2 Peter 1:5, NKJV)

Every Christian should be growing stronger in faith. For our faith to be vigorous and strong we must add to it “virtue” or moral excellence. Our faith must have the moral courage to stand for what is right against all opposition and every adversity. Christians must grow a spiritual backbone by adding virtue to their faith. God has not called us to live with a spirit of fear and moral cowardice. Instead, God has given us a spirit “of power and of love and of a sound mind” to resist the devil and live for Jesus (2 Tim. 1:7). Living by faith requires the courage to follow the truth of God and the courage to reject sin in all its forms (1 Thess. 5:22). Add virtue to your faith by courageously trusting and obeying the word of God. Remember, “the cowardly” have their part in the lake of fire, but those with courageous faith will enter the everlasting kingdom (Rev. 21:8; 2 Pet. 1:11).

Strive for Excellence #350

Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; for there is no work or device or knowledge or wisdom in the grave where you are going. (Ecclesiastes 9:10)

Not a few live by the motto, “Do just enough to get by”. Mediocrity lowers expectations and revels in halfhearted effort. It misses many of life’s opportunities because it refuses to commit itself to excellence. When death comes our activity on earth will forever end (“the night is coming when no one can work”, Jno. 9:4). Because life is short we must devote our strength to being the best at all  we pursue that is holy, just and good. Those who succeed do not simply “get by” – they commit themselves to do their very best. Christians need this attitude of excellence. Devote yourself completely to God, be a “living sacrifice” and serve Him with all your might (Rom. 12:1).