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Core Christian Virtues
A virtue is an habitual and firm disposition to do the good. It allows the person not only to perform good acts, but to give the best of himself. The virtuous person tends toward the good with all his sensory and spiritual powers; he pursues the good and chooses it in concrete actions. "Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things." (Philippians 4:8)
Love is the greatest of Christian virtues, and the foundation of all other virtues. God is love. Indeed, the cross of Christ demonstrates once and for all that God loves people. We must define love as God defines love. The English word "love" has many different meanings, but the Greek word, agape, used in the New Testament, is commonly known as "Christian love." It means respect, affection, benevolence, good-will and concern for the welfare of the one loved. "Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails." (1 Corinthians 13:4)
Peace as a Christian virtue includes the idea of being at rest and harmony on the inside, irrespective of what's happening on the outside. It is the opposite of being in turmoil, being emotionally upset, or even restless. It is available to those who live a holy and loving life and is centered in the knowledge of God's sovereignty and faithfulness. Those who have hope and faith in Jesus will find a deep and unmoving peace in their lives. Jesus says, "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you; I do not give it to you as the world does. Do not let your hearts be distressed or lacking in courage." (John 14:27)
What does integrity mean? It means being honest, trustworthy, and wholesome. It means telling the truth, even when it hurts. It means keeping a promise you made, even if you would rather not. It means that you confront problems when it would be easier to walk away. And it means forgiving others when you would rather hold a grudge. Ephesians 4:32 says, "Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God for Christ's sake has forgiven you."
Courage is not necessarily the absence of feaf, but rather the presence of faith in action. Fear is a very real emotion, which can paralyze us. But for those who overcome it, it becomes a temporary emotional reaction to the unknown, and is replaced by courage. Courage is what drives individuals past the fear, past the daunting barriers, into the unseen through constructive action. "Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, He is the One who goes with you.
He will not leave you nor forsake you." (Deuteronomy 31:6)
Kindness as a Christian virtue is often closely related to gentleness and is the opposite of being intrusive and obnoxious. It is exhibited in tenderness, softness, and the conscious exercise of loving caution in dealing with people. It is very concerned about "where other people are at" and seeks to befriend and come along side to help. It is not cowardly, however, but strong and caring. It shares the truth, listens attentively, and asks permission before blindly speaking into someone's life. "Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience." (Colossians 3:12)
1. BE KIND
Think about others and not just yourself. Do nice things for each other and be positive towards others.
2. BE HONEST
Tell the truth--don 't oMit details, say what you Mean and follow through on your word.
3. BE RESPECTFUL
Treat everyone with respect. No naMe calling or put-downs. ReMeMber to say please, thank you, I'm sorry, and you're welcome.
4. BE RESPONSIBLE
Accept the consequences of your actions. Apologize, ask for help when in need, and think of others before you act.
5. BE GREATFUL
Be thankful for what you have. Be grateful for your blessings and show gratitude towards each other.
The Bridge by Will Allen Dromgoole
An old man, going a lone highway, Came at the evening cold and gray, to a chasm, vast and deep and wide, through which was flowing a sullen tide. The old man crossed in the twilight dim-That sullen stream had no fears for him; but he turned, when he reached the other side, and built a bridge to span the tide.
“Old man,” said a fellow pilgrim near, “You are wasting strength in building here. Your journey will end with the ending day; you never again must pass this way. You have crossed the chasm, deep and wide, why build you the bridge at the eventide?” The builder lifted his old gray head. “Good friend, in the path I have come,” he said “There followeth after me today a youth whose feet must pass this way. This chasm that has been naught to me To that fair-haired youth may a pitfall be. He, too, must cross in the twilight dim; Good friend, I am building the bridge for him.
The Time of Your Life by Rick Warren
Time is the great equalizer. We all have the same amount of it. The difference between successful people and average people is this: Achievers manage their time wisely. Rather than wasting time or spending time, they invest time. They make the most out of each moment.
You only have a certain allotment of time in your life. When it's used up ... that’s it! YOUR TIME IS YOUR LIFE.
When you give someone your money, you’ve given them something that you can replace. But when you give someone your time, you've given them a part of your life. This means time management is really “life management”.
The Bible has this to say: “Use your head. Make the most of every chance you get. These are desperate times! Don’t live carelessly, unthinkingly. Make sure you understand what the Master wants” Ephesians 5:15b-17 (MSG).
You could summarize these verses this way:
1. Analyze Your Lifestyle. Be aware of where your time is going.
2. Utilize The Present. Make the most of this moment.
3. Recognize what’s Important. Focus on priorities that last.
A question to consider throughout the day: “How much of what I’m doing right now is going to count ten years from now … 50 years from now … or for eternity?”
You have just enough time to fulfill God’s purpose for your life. If you can’t get it all done it means:
1. You’re doing things God never intended for you to do, or
2. You’re doing the right thing in the wrong way.
Prayer: “God, help me to manage my time wisely.”