Tuesday, January 27, 2015

day no. 13,245: accidental virtue doesn't exist‏

"No man is virtuous because he cannot help it; virtue is acquired." ~ Oswald Chambers
Read this gem from Utmost the other morning.
For virtue to be in you, something has to happen.
Virtue is not present by birth, nature or by accident.
First, God did something.
If not for His initial move, virtue for us is forever fleeting.
But God did something.
By faith we are fully virtuous as Jesus was virtuous in life, death and resurrection.
By faith we are fully virtuous and growing in virtue at the same time, but in different ways.
2 Peter 1:3-11
His divine power has given us everything required for life and godliness through the knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness.By these He has given us very great and precious promises, so that through them you may share in the divine nature, escaping the corruption that is in the world because of evil desires. For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with goodness, goodness with knowledge, knowledge with self-control, self-control with endurance, endurance with godliness,godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they will keep you from being useless or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. The person who lacks these things is blind and shortsighted and has forgotten the cleansing from his past sins. 10 Therefore, brothers, make every effort to confirm your calling and election, because if you do these things you will never stumble. 11 For in this way, entry into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be richly supplied to you.

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