Developing Christian Virtue (1)
But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. - 2 Peter 1:5-8
Developing Christian virtue is a must if we are to walk in the overflow. From Proverbs 31 in our further reading session, we see the life of a virtuous woman. No human being could have done what this woman did naturally. Somebody could have asked “where was the husband?” Where was he that his woman was doing so much for the household. The only reference to the husband is in verse 23 "Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elder of the land". He was honourable because of the wife. I would have thought the virtuous woman married a lazy husband until I start to picture the story as a metaphor and that Jesus is the bridegroom. This is a shadow of what a Christian should be in character. We as Christians are bride of Christ. Behind a throne is a shrine, and you do not become a king without fortifying the throne. Behind demonic thrones are demonic powers, yet many Christians do not want anything behind them. Christ is behind our lives and as branches in the vineyard we ought to draw virtues from the Lord.
There is no reason to create light if there is no darkness. We cannot just say we are born again and have nothing to show for it. The greatest attribute of God is His character that is why Paul prayed that he might know him (Philippians 3:10). If you know his power without knowing him, the power can kill you. We are attracted to the power, but God is impressed with our character. He wants us to be strong believers; he wants us to be strong in the truth.
Prayer: Lord, I pray that my love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment and that I as the bride of Christ will approve things that are excellent and be sincere without offence till the return of Christ the Bridegroom in Jesus Christ name
Further Reading: Proverbs 31:10-31, Gal. 5:22-25
One-year Bible Reading Plan: Isaiah 1:1-2:22; 2 Corinthians 10:1-18; Psalm 52:1-9; Proverbs 22:26-27