…in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance… (2 Peter 1:6)
How great is your courage?
What does it take to get you to disobey what you know is right in the sight of God? A little criticism? A drop in your popularity? Losing a paycheck? However much you can handle before you go against what you know God wants you to do-that’s the amount of courage you have.
What is self-control? If you know what’s right, and want to do what’s right, and then choose to do what’s right-that’s self-control.
What is perseverance? It is doing what is right even when it’s hurtful and hard. No matter how difficult, you keep on doing it…until it’s part of you. It becomes your nature, a habit.
What is righteousness? In Hebrews 5:13-14, “the word of righteousness” is described as “solid food.” The teaching of righteousness is meat, and it’s for the mature: “Solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil.” By practice, the mature have knowledge about what is is right and what is wrong.
Doing what is right in the sight of God does not mean being perfect. I feel sorry for perfectionists, because they can never really be happy; I have never met a perfectionist who did not feel in some way a failure. As a matter of fact, perfectionism basically denies progress. God does not demand our perfection; He does ask us to hunger for righteousness, and display courage to grow in doing it.