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
A definition of virtue is excellence of character; doing the right thing because it is the right thing to do; pursuing holiness.
Our example of moral excellence is Jesus. “but so that the world may know that I love the Father, I do exactly as the Father commanded Me.” (John 14:31). Jesus did the right thing all of the time. Following His example will help us to do right.
Doing right will help us to achieve holiness. Pursuing holiness is a high goal, but one that God can help us to attain. He will point out sin in our lives which we will need to get rid of if we want to be holy. We will need to admit to ourselves that we have sinned, confess it to God and repent of it. If we are serious about repenting, we will make definite steps in our lives to prevent our doing that sin again. If we are adding virtue to our lives, the sin in our own lives should bother us more than what we see wrong in other people.
How can a young man keep his way pure?
By keeping it according to Your word.
With all my heart I have sought You;
Do not let me wander from Your commandments.
Your word I have treasured in my heart,
That I may not sin against You.