Virtue

May 4, 2021

Virtue

By Russell George

The last article I wrote was on ignorance. I began the article by saying, “There isn’t much good that can be said about ignorance.” To the contrary, there is much good that can be said about virtue. Ignorance is detrimental, whereas virtue is beneficial. My motive for writing about ignorance was to motivate people to replace ignorance with knowledge. My motive for writing about virtue is to motivate you to add it to your life.

The meaning of the Greek word for virtue, used in the Bible, means excellence or praise. It is a strength of character that gives us value. In the book of Proverbs there are two verses that speak of a virtuous woman. Proverbs 12:4 says, A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband: but she that maketh ashamed is as rottenness in his bones.” In Proverbs 31:10 it says, “Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.” A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband. Her price is far above rubies.

In II Peter 1:3-8 it says that we should add virtue. “According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;

And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” If all these other things that are mentioned are evident in our life, we will be a virtuous person. Verse eight says that, “If these things be in you and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful.” The word “barren” means to be idle. In other words, there is nothing we can do because we have nothing to offer. That’s a deplorable situation to be in.

The fruit of the Spirit, mentioned in Galatians 5:22-24, enable us to bear fruit. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.”

Some people are willing to live in this deplorable situation. They run with a crowd that thinks the same way, so they have no shame. Their deplorable situation may have begun because their parents didn’t motivate them or insist that they study and get an education. They drifted along and made little effort to prepare themselves to be useful. Now they are enabled to remain in that deplorable situation because the government is willing to give them a welfare check each month so they can keep body and soul together. They call it an entitlement, so they feel entitled to it. Under no circumstances are they entitled to it.

God wants His people to be virtuous. The more we become the kind of person God wants us to be the more virtuous we will be. He enables us to be virtuous. Verse three, in II Peter one that we quoted earlier, says that God, by His divine power has given us all things that pertain unto life and godliness. Unsaved people can have some virtues, but Christians can excel in them. God want his people to stand out above all others. He is honored when they do. All we have to do is ask for it and let God work it out in our lives. Matthew 7:7 says, “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.”

One reason why God saved us is so that we could be used by him. He can’t use us if we don’t have the strength of character to do what he wants us to do. If we try to serve God in our own strength we will fail.

None of us ever have all the virtue that we possibly could. If we let God continue to do His work in our life, He will add more virtue. That enables us to better serve God as well as those around us. Proverbs 22:1 says, “A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches.” A good name: that’s virtue. It will do us more good than great riches. It’s doubtful that we will ever have great riches, but with God’s help, we can have virtue. Choose virtue!

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