“And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;” II Peter 1:5

When you buy a piece of furniture that needs assembling, it is necessary to follow the step-by-step instructions to have it turn out the way the manufacturer intended. When we follow the directions, there are no problems. But, if we just look at the picture and try to put it together on our own, we may not get the results we want.

We all have a measure of faith. Hebrews 11:6 tells us that we need faith to come to God in the first place. These scriptures in II Peter give us some attributes that we need to add to our faith. Could it be that if we followed this step-by-step we would find ourselves becoming the person the Lord intends us to be?

The first thing we are to add to our faith is virtue. Virtue means integrity and devotion. As we see the foundations of moral structures crumbling in our world today, how diligent we should be to increase our inner strength and to manifest it in our actions. This is not something that we can accomplish on our own, we need to daily seek the Lord, asking Him to search our hearts, and to help us to be honest and sincere in everything we do.

Proverbs 31 tells us that the price of a virtuous woman is far above rubies. In God’s sight we are precious indeed, and as we live a life of integrity and devotion, it will be manifested to the world.

Prayer: Jesus, we thank you for the measure of faith we have been given, and we want to add these other attributes to our lives, starting with virtue.

Devotion by Anne Johnston


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