For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
2 Peter 1:5-8 (emphasis added)
Faith, virtue, knowledge, self-control, steadfastness, godliness, brotherly affection, and love are all spiritual qualities that should be growing in every Christian out of our love for Jesus through the help of the Holy Spirit.
For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
2 Corinthians 12:10
This verse reminds me of the song “In Me” by Casting Crowns:
If you ask me to leap Out of my boat on the crashing waves If You ask me to go Preach to the lost world that Jesus saves
I’ll go, but I cannot go alone Cause I know I’m nothing on my own But the power of Christ in me makes me strong Makes me strong
Cause when I’m weak, You make me strong When I’m blind, You shine Your light on me Cause I’ll never get by living on my own ability How refreshing to know You don’t need me How amazing to find that you want me So I’ll stand on Your truth, and I’ll fight with Your strength Until You bring the victory, by the power of Christ in me
If You ask me to run And carry Your light into foreign land If You ask me to fight Deliver Your people from Satan’s hand
To reach out with Your hands To learn through Your eyes To love with the love of a savior To feel with Your heart And to think with Your mind I’d give my last breath for Your glory
After reading the lyrics, another verse comes to mind:
I can do all things through him who strengthens me.