And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue. 2 Peter 1:5
Being a Christian is a journey, yes your sins are forgiven when you accept Jesus, but then comes the transformation period. If you truly want to understand God you must seek him, in order to maintain a relationship you must talk to him thru prayer. During this time as your relationship grows your wisdom of God grows also.
Virtue means having high moral standards or being righteous. So believing and accepting Jesus is the first step but then we must live like Jesus also.
and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; 2 Peter 1:6
Knowledge means to acquire skills thru experience, so when you begin to live with virtue you begin to understand Gods purpose and plan for you. You understand life isn’t a random act or occurrences but there’s a divine purpose for us all
Temperance means to have self-restraint. Once we understand our purpose then we realize we must resist worldly temptations for they are used to destroy us and promote us
Patience means to accept or tolerate delay. This is a very important part of the Christian journey for we know Gods ways are greater than our ways and we need to be willing to wait for his timing.
and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity 2 Peter 1:7
Godliness- means to follow Gods laws, so when your obedient to Gods timing your also obedient to his laws. God commanded us to love each other as ourselves, therefore if you practice Godliness , kindness should be within you.
For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.2 Peter 1:8
These are the qualities of Christ that should be living in you if you truly are a Christian. The more you practice these qualities the more you become fruitful as a Christian
But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins 2 Peter 1:9
To say you are a Christian and not practice these qualities is hypocritical. Don’t forget the great love Jesus showed towards you, to lay down his life, was not just for you but for everyone.
Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall: For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. 2 Peter 1:10-11
If you walk with these qualities of Christ, you will not fall. Many times our falls or failures are self-inflicted. Stay Alert and Stay Holy follow Jesus with all your heart Amen