Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence,
in your faith supply moral excellence,
and in your moral excellence, knowledge,
and in your knowledge, self-control,
and in your self-control, perseverance,
and in your perseverance, godliness,
and in your godliness, brotherly kindness,
and in your brotherly kindness, love.
For if these qualities are yours and are increasing,
they render you neither useless nor unfruitful
in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
For he who lacks these qualities is blind or short-sighted,
having forgotten his purification from his former sins.
Therefore, brethren, be all the more diligent
to make certain about His calling and choosing you;
for as long as you practice these things, you will never stumble;
for in this way the entrance into the eternal kingdom
of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ
will be abundantly supplied to you.
2 Peter 1:5-11
If these qualities (virtues) are part of our lives, then we can be effectively used by God. Our lives will also bear fruit.
If they are not part of our lives, God says that we are blind or at the least short-sighted. The statement is implying that we are willfully blind because we have forgotten that we have been forgiven.
Two things, I think, will help us to keep these qualities in our lives.
1. Consider Jesus’ life seriously. He lived on earth as a man surrounded by sin and sinners; but He never did wrong. He obeyed God perfectly. Although we will not be perfect on earth, we can work to be a lot better. Jesus’ example can encourage us.
2. We are very willing to forgive ourselves and to make excuses for ourselves. Often we do not do the same for others. This is sad because we are not responsible for changing other people. We are supposed to make ourselves do right. We should be easier and forgiving of other people and harder on ourselves.
We should be diligently adding these qualities to our lives not to make ourselves look better but to improve our relationship with others.
seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything
pertaining to life and godliness,
through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.
For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises,
so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature,
having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust.
2 Peter 1:3-4
These qualities are important because if we do them our entrance to heaven will “be abundantly supplied” and our time on earth will be without stumbling.
Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling,
and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy,
to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord,
be glory, majesty, dominion and authority,
before all time and now and forever.