Striving to Apply

Do you strive to apply Biblical principles?

I was reading 2 Peter 1:5-9 again, where Peter tells us to “add to our faith”. However, when I read the chapter from the beginning, something else spoke to me.
First of all, Peter speaks a blessing over us:
     2 Peter 1:2, Grace and peace be multiplied unto you,…
How? …through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord.
Knowledge of God and of our Lord Jesus comes from the Scriptures.
Let’s continue…

2 Peter 1:2-7, Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:  Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.


(Definitions taken from Webster’s 1828 Dictionary)


2 Peter 1:5, And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue;

  • Virtue-Moral goodness; the practice of moral duties and the abstaining from vice.

and to virtue knowledge;

  • Knowledge-A clear and certain perception of that which exists, or of truth and fact. Human knowledge is very limited, and is mostly gained by observation and experience.

2 Peter 1:6, And to knowledge temperance

  • Temperance-Moderation, particularly habitual moderation in regard to the indulgence of the natural appetites and passions; restrained or moderate indulgence.

; and to temperance patience

  • Patience-the suffering of afflictions, pain, toil, calamity, provocation or other evil, with a calm, unruffled temper; endurance without murmuring or fretfulness.

; and to patience godliness;

  • Godliness-a religious life; a careful observance of the laws of God and performance of religious duties; proceeding from love and reverence for the divine character and commands; Christian obedience.

2 Peter 1:7, And to godliness brotherly kindness

  • Brotherly-Becoming brothers; kind; affectionate; as brotherly love.
  • Kindness- Goodwill; benevolence; that temper or disposition which delights in contributing to the happiness of others.

; and to brotherly kindness charity.

  • Charity-In a general sense, love, benevolence; good will; that disposition of heart which inclines men to think favorably of their fellow men and to do them good.
  • In a theological sense, it includes supreme love  to God, and universal good will to men.


Well, there they are. I purposed in my heart a while back to write them down and to study each one for the purpose of trying to apply them to my own life.

(In fact, you’ll be seeing more of the “Apply” principle soon.)


I had never counted them before now, so I was pleasantly surprised to learn there are 7 (seven)

of these virtues listed.


Will you work on applying these this week?


What does God have for you…just around the corner?

Recommended – Cambridge Bible

and for us older folks – Large Print Cambridge Bible



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