Virtue simply put is living or exhibition of good and moral character. It is rooted in godliness,a disciplined life-style of honesty and honor. It is such a pity that in the world we live today, it is one which standard is determined based on what’s trending,everyone wants to feel among leaving out what’s good, picking on the weak, disrespectful and lacking in virtue,yet they expect to be treated like kings and queens. Forgetting that you will only be treated the way you treat others.
A lot of us want change but we don’t know how to bring about that desired change. The best way to bring about change is first start by changing yourself.
Virtue in both a general and specific sense is related to God’s moral and spiritual qualities that reflects His nature and character.
Virtue is not just an act or a word but it is an attitude, as it flows out of our hearts in Luke 6:45 Jesus speaking said “A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things stored up in his heart. For the man speaks what the heart is full of”. Inner virtue forms the moral character that is the basis for motivation. Motivation influences attitude, behavior and social practices. Virtue,then, guides the moral and spiritual life of a person and comes close to being synonymous with character.
In psalm 119 David listed several moral values as guides to training in righteousness and developing a virtuous life. These values are all associated with the word of God. “your word have I hidden in NY heart that I may not sin against you”, other values in the chapter includes:
● Lack of deceit
Similarly David also stated in psalm 19:7-11: “the perfect of God revives the soul; the testimony of the Lord makes wise the simple; the precept of the Lord rejoices the heart; the commandments of the Lord are pure; the fear of the Lord is clean and endures forever”. David also stated the importance of spiritual values as to be desired more than gold and is sweeter than honey.
How does one obtain or develop virtue?
● Virtue starts by studying the scriptures and involves what Paul calls “training in righteousness so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work”. 2 Tim 3:17
● Virtue grows out of what we think about. “finally beloved whatever is true and whatever is just, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things” – Phil 4:8 we are what we think, as everyone of our actions started as a thought. When we think about virtuoso things we become virtuous