2 Peter 1:5-8: ” 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.” Faith marks the beginning of the Christian life. Virtue describes Christ’s character. We cannot produce virtue ourselves; but we can choose to obey the virtuous promptings of the Holy Spirit who lives in us. Knowledge is obtained by dedicating ourselves to learning God’s truth in the Scriptures and putting them into action. Self-control means mastering one’s emotions rather than being controlled by them. Love here refers to God’s kind of love, which originates not in the one loved but in the one who loves. God loves because He is love; we are to love because we are from God.


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