Virtues of Faith

BethanySMC - Tuesday, 29 January 2013 04:38

     Virtues of Faith

….Study through the letters of Apostle Peter: Who we ought to be & what we ought to do….

Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence, and in {your} moral excellence, knowledge, and in  knowledge, self-control, and in self-control, perseverance, and in perseverance, godliness, and in godliness, brotherly kindness, and in {your} brotherly kindness, love. For if these {qualities} are yours and are increasing, they render you neither useless nor unfruitful in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.  For he who lacks these {things} is blind {or} short-sighted, having forgotten {his} purification from his former sins. 2Pet 1:5-9

It is not hard to find people of faith. Even atheists, who would gladly crucify any form of faith in others, are moved by their own confident belief in their own truth.  The fact that all around us are many forms of religion, speaks about the many types of faith that people have. Rather than going after every known form of faith, I want to turn our attention on the faith that was founded by Jesus and delivered to us through the apostles by the Holy Spirit.

Apostle Jude makes it very clear that true faith was delivered one time and for all ages to the church of God, and we are responsible to keep it unaltered and if need be defend. Our faith is not just the assent of the mind or profession of the gospel truth; it is accompanied by unreserved surrender and obedience to the word of God. Alive and vibrant faith leads people to action; confidence and great trust in the Almighty God whom we’ve met and know personally, who has become our Savior, our Father, closest Friend, Counselor, Comforter, Teacher, Defender – moves us to renounce anything that separates us from God, while consecrating our entire life to the one who bought us with His own blood, cleansed our conscience from guilt and gave us a future and hope- Lord Jesus. He gave us the privilege to witness and experience His power, His wisdom, His love and many other precious and magnificent promises. For this reason, Peter writes in his letter to the believers, applying all diligence, in your faith supply virtue (moral excellence). 2Pet 1:5

It is mockery and a dishonor to God when those who profess to follow Him are entangled by this world and choose the lifestyle that compromises with sin and count the honor of being Christ-like of little value. With all diligence we must strive to be faithful and keep the testimony of Christ and his work in our life blameless before all people.  We must resist all form of sin, restrain fleshly inclinations and desires while working hard and exercising our senses and will to make God honoring choices.

The more the world corrupts itself with lust and immorality, the more determined we must be to fight and defend our own hearts and lives from such corruption. The virtuous warrior would never turn his back to the enemy or leave his friend behind. In present time, we must be those virtuous soldiers of Christ who fight despite many wounds, who would be determined to never lose a battle, who would carry his wounded brother or sister on the hands of prayer.

We should be moved by sincere love to God and his laws and live a life that is marked by moral excellence and faithfulness in relationships while keeping our body, soul and spirit undefiled. Virtues of the faith in Christian men and women must compel them to never leave or betray their spouses. The same faith in single brothers and sisters must be complete with courage to say no to peer pressure and loose lifestyle of the modern-day youth. With all earnestness, young people must guard their hearts against the lust and sexual immorality, nudity as well as passion stimulating literature. Applying all diligence, in your faith supply virtue of moral excellence in the way you dress, speak and conduct yourself. It is a time of great falling away, deception and compromise that we were warned about in the scriptures, and for us it is crucial to be true Christians, to keep the faith and remain faithful to the Lord having no spot or wrinkle on our consciences.  

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