Christian Virtue and Faithfulness

In II Peter 1:5-8, Peter outlines how to develop Christian virtue and build faithfulness in yourself and others….

In II Peter 1:5-8 Peter states, “For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

The Holy Bible. New International Version by Biblica

Applying Paul’s principles to everyday life may include the following ideas for developing Christian character and building faithfulness in yourself and others…

  • Understand that you are a role-model for how God is viewed.
  • Be an example of faith as an individual, as a parent, spouse and member of the family and community.
  • Attend church or mass and other parish or church events.
  • Practice stewardship by getting involved in the needs of your church, parish and community.
  • Pray unceasingly…for on-the-spot needs, at mealtime, bedtime and with family and others.
  • Pray about decisions and choices that need to be made and seek the Lord’s guidance.
  • Pray for yourself, your family and others to honor and have a life-giving relationship with the Lord.
  • Discuss the Christian viewpoint of life events with family, friends and others.
  • Notice and give thanks for how the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit work in everyday life events.
  • Read and reflect on scripture often and discuss it with others.
  • Live-out the church calendar with established traditions and celebrations in your home and with others.
  • Reflect on and share your Christian education, sermons and homilies.
  • Study and discuss the lives of the Saints and other holy people, especially those from the Bible.
  • Practice forgiveness with others by apologizing for transgressions.
  • Make Christian choices rather than worldly choices with TV, music, games, movies, dress, etc…
  • Nurture associations with Christian friends and encourage them to witness to others.
  • Display Christian artifacts throughout your home.
  • Listen to the call of the Lord in your decision-making and choice of vocation.
  • Record and journal your spiritual experiences.
  • Align the expectations for your behavior with Christian values and the Ten Commandments.

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