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Habitual Excellence

"For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith virtue" (2 Peter 1:5).

"Goodness," moral excellence, or virtue," whatever you want to call it means a conformity to a standard of right. I kind of like moral excellence because is seems to set that standard. The virtue that faith supplies is courage ....moral excellence if you will.....the courage to do what is right.

If we are to continue our spiritual growth after our faith has been established, it begins with the courage to do what is right. Cowardice will lead to other sins, but moral excellence moves us toward a righteous life. In virtue, faith can meet its fears head on and does what is right no matter what the consequences. If anyone knew where fear leads you it would be Peter. Out of fear he sunk into the water...Out of fear he denied Jesus three times. Out of fear he stopped eating with the Gentiles in Gal. 2:11&12. Peter knew first hand that what caused him to succumb was a lack of moral excellence.

To all of us, whether young or old, moral excellence will make us better. It will not only give us the courage to do what is right, but to avoid what is wrong. All those pressures that the world applies to us constantly, and you know it does apply them! Virtue is the trait, coupled with faith, that will help us to resist the temptations that pull at us to do wrong. Those temptations that look so good, but give only fleeting pleasure. Our spiritual growth begins here! By completely trusting in God through faith, we can find the courage to avoid what is wrong and do what is right.

In this exercise of faith, we acquire moral excellence, a grace that will keep us growing spiritually.

Have a great day... Make a difference...Love mark Phil. 4:11

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