Virtue vs Impurity
This is WEEK 48 of the Character Development Series I am doing for 2012. So glad you stopped by!
The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts: therefore, guard accordingly, and take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature. -Marcus Aurelius
All the gold which is under or upon the earth is not enough to give in exchange for virtue. -Plato
Wisdom is knowing what to do next; virtue is doing it. David Starr Jordan
1. moral excellence, goodness, righteousness
2. conformity of one’s conduct to moral and ethical principles
Synonyms for Virtue: character, fortitude, purity
Antonyms for Virtue: vice, evil, immorality
What The Bible Says About Virtue:
2 Peter 1:5 For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge
Proverbs 10:9 Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but he who makes his ways crooked will be found out.
Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
Galatians 5: 22 -23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
Examples From The Bible:
The Proverbs 31 Woman
Sarah: Hebrews 11:11 By faith Sarah herself also received strength to conceive seed, and she bore a child when she was past the age, because she judged Him faithful who had promised.
Esther: risked her life to do the right thing and try to save her people, the Jews.
Mary, the mother of Jesus: risked her reputation and trusted God to take care of her as she wed Joseph and gave birth to Jesus.
The Example of Jesus To Us:
Matthew 7: 1-2 Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you.
See Jesus and the Virtues for examples of how Jesus demonstrated various virtues during his life. Ref: http://www.simplybible.com.au/f405.htm
Personal Thoughts and Application:
In a world that is quickly turning away from traditional Judeo-Christian ethics, it is sad to know that there are more vices displayed to our children than virtues in the world at large. I had a recent conversation with my teenager in which we discussed the importance of deciding: What kind of person do I want to be? Do I want to be an honest person, a dependable person, a responsible person, etc. I hoped to impress upon her that it does matter what your inner character and integrity are, and that the principles and virtues you decide to hold on to are precious guarded treasures. I don’t want the world’s standards: easy lies, self-seeking, entertainment seeking, pleasure -seeking, etc. to win out influence over her vs God’s standards. I wanted her to not only decide who she wanted to be in terms of virtues and standards, but also to realize that she had to be careful to surround herself in her close friends with people who also chose similar standards. It is easy to compromise our standards when we are the minority. In these days, Christians have an important responsibility to be in the world and yet not conform to it….to be virtuous in a time when virtue is not the norm.
PRAYER FOR YOU: May you value being a person of virtue and integrity. May you guard your heart to hold to a standard….God’s word, and to realize that it is very important to seek God’s help in living out a virtuous standard in a world that does not reward or understand such choices.
Imitating Christ http://ichthys.com/Pet17.htm
The Virtuous Woman http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/homefam/prov31.htm
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