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This month we are to exploring the eight Christian Virtues that would help bus to increase and abound on love as per our theme this year.
The virtues are highlighted in 2 Peter as follows. "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." 2 Peter 1:5-7.

This week in particular we are looking at the virtues of temperance and patience as additional components of our Faith. They are the building blocks and evidences of our increase and abundance of love, which is God's nature in us as we learnt last week (Refer to 2 Peter 2:1-4 )

Temperance means a natural habit of moderation and control in the indulgence of the ones appetites and passions of life. This actually means you have self-control. It is the evidence of the nature of Christ that He invites us to learn from Him. He also, perhaps as the commendation of our learning temperance he takes away our burdens that would otherwise make us irritable and intemperate.

He says 'Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.'-Matthew 11:29. Patience on the other hand is the state of endurance under difficult circumstances, which can mean persevering in the face of prevailing setbacks . It enables a believer to exercise Faith effectively. Scriptures actually identify patience as a core virtue of the heroes of Faith who inherited the promises of God. We are admonished thus: 'That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.'- Hebrews 6:12 (KJV).

Indeed we must 'add to our faith' patience because it is a virtue of true godliness of nature. It
interrogates our motive and quality of Faith. In relating this Christian virtues from the text of reference above we note that temperance is rightly placed here as to order. We are to embrace the Knowledge of Jesus Christ i.e. His nature in us as we learnt last week as a key to temperance and this temperance secures in you the capacity to be patient. It is observable therefore that it is very difficult for an intemperate person to be patient. And it is almost impossible to be temperate if you have not embraced a transformed nature of godliness through the knowledge of Jesus Christ.

Essentially this week may we receive the grace to nurture the nature of God in us by adding to our Faith a habitual sense of restraint for Gods glory and mutual good of all. May the grace of God abound to you this week to help you nurture temperance and patience as your CV i.e. Christian Virtues of Character forever.

 

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