In Part 1 of this series, we looked at 2 Peter 1:3-7. Peter encourages us, “…make every effort to respond to God’s promises. Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence, and moral excellence with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with patient endurance, and patient endurance with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love for everyone.” (verses 5-7)
Let’s look at the first of these faith supplements, which should be outward expressions of our faith. These are not to be done once, checked off the list, and never thought of again, but should be practiced daily! The more we intentionally work these into our lives, the more they will come to be a part of who we are as well as what we do.
This can be understood as a moral goodness or virtue demonstrated to enhance or improve life. Not only are we to add this to our faith, we are to add a “generous provision” of it!
Mark shares these words of Jesus: “Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must be the slave of everyone else. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:43-45)
If we are to follow the example of Jesus, our “generous provision of moral excellence” will include a generous portion of serving others.
What can you do to add moral excellence to your faith today?
Whose life can you make a positive impact on, through word or action?
For the beginning of this series, check out Faith Supplements – Part 1.