First he tells us that it isn’t automatic-it doesn’t happen overnight or through osmosis: Make every effort to add to your faith. That is on us.
Faith is the starting point, we have the relationship with Christ. Our sins have been forgiven. We are going to heaven, but now we have to grow and mature.
Warren Wiersbe says, “Where there is life, there must be growth. The new birth is not the end, it is the beginning.”
So we start with faith and add to that faith goodness. Goodness here means “moral excellence or virtue”.
Once we come to faith, we have to start building our moral life.
In Greek times when this was written, excellence meant fulfilling your purpose. Or mastery in a certain field of endeavor.
When the land produces a good crop, it is thought to be excellent because it did what it was designed to do.
A tool that works correctly is excellent because it did what it was designed to do.
A Christian’s purpose in life is to Glorify God by their lifestyles.
Goodness is an attribute of Christ.