For Monday morning devotions Victory and I looked the Fruits Of Righteousness in 2Pet 1:5-7 in 17 different translations and looked up the dictionary meaning of the English words the translations used.
If we are not increasing in the fruits of righteousness we are “blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.”
“According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:
Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.
For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.
Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:”
faith – 8. the trust in God and in His promises as made through Christ and the Scriptures by which humans are justified or saved
virtue – 1. moral excellence; goodness; righteousness. 2. conformity of one’s life and conduct to moral and ethical principles; uprightness; rectitude
goodness – 1. the state or quality of being good.
moral excellence – 1. the quality of doing what is right and avoiding what is wrong
resolution – 3. the act of resolving or determining upon an action or course of action, method, procedure, etc.
knowledge – 3. acquaintance or familiarity gained by sight, experience, or report:
temperance – 1. moderation or self-restraint in action, statement, etc.; self-control. 2. habitual moderation in the indulgence of a natural appetite or passion,
self control – Control of one’s emotions, desires, or actions by one’s own will
patience – 1. the quality of being patient, as the bearing of provocation, annoyance, misfortune, or pain, without complaint, loss of temper, irritation, or the like. 2. an ability or willingness to suppress restlessness or annoyance when confronted with delay 3. quiet, steady perseverance; even-tempered care; diligence:
steadfastness – 1. fixed in direction; steadily directed 2. firm in purpose, resolution, faith, attachment 3. unwavering, as resolution, faith, adherence
perseverance – 1. steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state, etc., esp. in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement
endurance – 2. the ability or strength to continue or last, esp. despite fatigue, stress, or other adverse conditions
godliness – 1. conforming to the laws and wishes of God; devout; pious
piety – 1. reverence for God or devout fulfillment of religious obligations
brotherly kindness 1) love of brothers or sisters, brotherly love 2) in the NT the love which Christians cherish for each other as brethren
affection – 1. fond attachment, devotion, or love
charity – 7. Christian love; agape.
love – 16. to have a profoundly tender, passionate affection for