“And to knowledge, temperance; and to temperance, patience; and to patience, godlinesse;”
1611 King James Version (KJV)
1:6 And to your knowledge temperance; and to your temperance patience - Bear and forbear; sustain and abstain; deny yourself and take up your cross daily. The more knowledge you have, the more renounce your own will; indulge yourself the less. Knowledge puffeth up, and the great boasters of knowledge (the Gnostics) were those that turned the grace of God into wantonness. But see that your knowledge be attended with temperance. Christian temperance implies the voluntary abstaining from all pleasure which does not lead to God. It extends to all things inward and outward: the due government of every thought, as well as affection. It is using the world, so to use all outward, and so to restrain all inward things, that they may become a means of what is spiritual; a scaling ladder to ascend to what is above. Intemperance is to abuse the world. He that uses anything below, looking no higher, and getting no farther, is intemperate. He that uses the creature only so as to attain to more of the Creator, is alone temperate, and walks as Christ himself walked. And to patience godliness - Its proper support: a continual sense of God's presence and providence, and a filial fear of, and confidence in, him; otherwise your patience may be pride, surliness, stoicism; but not Christianity.
2Pe 1:6 And to knowledge temperance. Self-control. And to temperance patience. Unflinching, patient endurance. And to patience godliness. A reverence for things divine shown by growing more and more into the divine likeness.