Seven Fruit-Bearing Virtues

Tuesday, April 6, 2004  4:45 a.m.

Dear Diary,

What keeps one from becoming barren and unfruitful?  It is the “knowledge of our God and our Saviour Jesus Christ.” (II Peter 1:2).  II Peter 1:2-7 tells us that God gives us, “godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:” (II Peter 1:3).  Through this knowledge we are given, “exceeding great and precious promises…” (II Peter 1:4).  Knowledge of God allows us to become, “partakers of [His] divine nature…” (II Peter 1:4).  This divine nature is nothing from within ourselves, for all that is in us is evil.  It is God’s Divine Nature imparted to us.  So, how do we achieve this divine nature?  II Peter 1:5-7 tells us that we achieve it through faith in God.  And “add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.” (II Peter 1:5-7).  If these virtues be in you, “ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (II Peter 1:8).

Thought for Today:  Lord, may we receive these seven fruit-bearing virtues and not be found barren.

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