From Simon Peter, a slave and apostle of Jesus Christ. To those who received a faith equal to ours through the justice of our God and savior Jesus Christ. May you have more and more grace and peace through the knowledge of God and Jesus our Lord. By his divine power the Lord has given us everything we need for life and godliness through the knowledge of the one who called us by his own honor and glory. Through his honor and glory he has given us his precious and wonderful promises, that you may share the divine nature and escape from the world’s immorality that sinful craving produces. This is why you must make every effort to add moral excellence to your faith; and to moral excellence, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, endurance; and to endurance, godliness; and to godliness, affection for others; and to affection for others, love. If all these are yours and they are growing in you, they’ll keep you from becoming inactive and unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. Whoever lacks these things is shortsighted and blind, forgetting that they were cleansed from their past sins. Therefore, brothers and sisters, be eager to confirm your call and election. Do this and you will never ever be lost. In this way you will receive a rich welcome into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ. (2 Peter 1:1-11, CEB)
May you have more and more grace.
May you have more and more peace.
We need to add to our faith moral excellence. What is moral excellence? Well excellence is doing something to the best of your ability and even better and moral is knowing and doing right over wrong, or m-w.com says “conforming to a standard of right behavior” or at least that is the definition I thought fit best. But who decides the standard and who decides what is right? Even when going between right and wrong who decides what is right and what is wrong? I know there are things most of us agree are right and wrong, but where did we get that?
We get that from knowledge but knowledge isn’t always good. But even knowing bad things can lead us to do more right in the world than wrong because knowing what is right and wrong can lead us to self-control to not do the things that will cause others harm. And the more we stop or curb our desires we build our endurance and we are able to do more right in the world. And when we do more right in the world we become more like Jesus asked us to live and grow to knowing and giving more love. Love is the beginning and the end and in love, we can make the world a better place.
Loving People. Loving God.