To Live Your Best Life, Know These 7 Christian Virtues
“Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, 3 as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness” – 2 Peter 1:2-3
There are two basic processes that affect the physical man. Those two processes are growth and death. Throughout his life, a man is either growing or dying; growth, progress and development are embedded into the very heart of humanity.
There’s something about a real man and a real woman that not only wants to grow physically, but also mentally; spiritually. God’s plan for the things that He loves is growth, development and progress. The activist Giuseppe Mazzini once said, “The moral law of the universe is progress.” And women‘s rights advocate Margaret Fuller said, “I’m suffocated and lost when I don’t have the feeling of progression.” When you stop growing, you start dying.
THE 7 CHRISTIAN VIRTUES
The New Testament church was a growing church. It was a thriving, praying, unified church. But some of us today are easily led astray and led away from the life of the church.
One of the most tragic things in life is for a person to have no ambition; no desire to improve their lot; no desire to rise higher and higher. Every person ought to have goals; objectives for his or her life. We should strive to do better and to be better, and to do more and to have more, with each passing year.
When you’re mature in God, you’re stable; you’re solid. You have endurance; perseverance, which is one of the 7 Christian Virtues. They are:
- Brotherly kindness
We need these virtues in the world today. When you grow and add and multiply, that means you’re making progress in the Lord. For the mature believer, standing still is not an option. God needs a church who will say, “I’m going to stay with God no matter what.”
IT’S YOUR SEASON!
If you want to grow, you must be born again. Jesus is the baptizer; when you accept Him by faith, the Holy Ghost is promised unto you.
Faith takes hold of the promise; faith walks into a world that cannot be touched. When you praise the Lord, your spirit gets stronger and stronger. If you want power, stand on the faith of the Bible. If the word of God says it, then faith believes it.
Our God is too great for us to think small! God is depending on us to do something great for Him!
Adapted from the sermon, “Grow Up,” by Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. at West Angeles COGIC.
SCRIPTURE REFERENCES – Isaiah 40:31, Job 23:10, Psalm 1:3, Proverbs 16:7, Joel 2:32, Acts 1:8, Ephesians 5:1, Hebrews 12:1-2, Mark 4:30-32, Galatians 6:9, John 1:11-13, 3:1-5, 16:7; 1 John 4:4, 2 Peter 1:1-8, Revelation 3:20.
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