“But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue[goodness], to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self control, to self control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love.” 2 Peter 1:5-7 NKJ
A good recipe calls for certain ingredients in order to be a good healthy meal. It may call for salt, pepper, garlic, etc. Good cooks tell us that if you leave one ingredient out you can tell the difference. The proper meal depends upon the proper additives.
In the same manner, the Apostle Peter said that there are certain virtues that we can add to our Christian lives that will cause us to have fruitful and successful lives. In our scripture text he mentions seven; Virtue which is goodness, knowledge, self control, perseverance; godliness, brotherly kindness and love.
These qualities seem to be so important for our success that Peter went on to say ” for if you posses these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But if any one does not have them, he is nearsighted and blind, and has forgotten that he has been cleansed from all his past sins.” [2 Peter 1: 8,9 NIV ]
Does it feel like something is missing in your Christian walk? Do you seem to be unproductive?
I think it would do us all good to add these virtues to our lives if we have not already. With our dependence upon God and our diligent efforts to walk in His ways we will increase in them and be productive and fruitful believers in the kingdom. This sounds like a recipe for success to me.
You are Loved with an everlasting Love, Mike