You are a chosen race . . . that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. —1 Peter 2:9
Of all the qualities that we are to add to our faith, Peter begins his list in 2 Peter 1 with that of virtue. Some translations use the word “goodness” or “excellence.”
This word is used in different ways in the Greek language, with three major variations of mean- ing. The first has to do with moral excellence or goodness. It’s being pleasing to God, and it reflects God’s excellence. The second refers to spiritual fortitude. It’s the strength to live a life pleasing to the Lord.
The third meaning refers to something fulfilling the purpose for which it was designed. Therefore, you are excellent, or you have virtue, when you fulfill all that you were made for as a child of God.
What were you designed for? To be like Christ. As you become more and more like our Savior, as you become morally excellent, have moral energy, and add to your faith, then you are fulfilling your designed, created purpose.
Make it Personal
Pray your life would be a demonstration of the moral excellencies and character of God, a reflection of His beauty in our world.