Add virtue

“But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue . . .” (2 Peter 1:5 NKJV).

Virtue is difficult to define. If one thinks of it as a positive characteristic, desirable in individual personalities, he is forced to recognize that those vary from culture to culture, and from age to age. One society admires the accomplished thief, another honors a fierce and capable fighter, while others promote patience, peacefulness, and tolerance over more physical attributes.

In South Asia one of the most desirable traits is honor or respect. It is easier to be forgiven for stealing from someone than for insulting or dishonoring him. Given these disparate connotations of the word virtue, what exactly was Peter instructing us to grow towards? Continue reading “Add virtue”