Life of virtue: Virtue is a word that encompasses so much richness! It is often reserved for the description of people who are rich in moral character, discipline, chasteness, valor, and potency. As we contemplate Virtue, it’s diverse hues and shadings, we discover that to possess virtue is no small matter. In fact, we might even say that virtue is elusive in nature and that those who seem to possess it are elevated to a different level altogether. As you seek to build virtue and goodness in yourself, it starts to build you! Seek out the virtue of Jesus’ character, seek it out in the world around you, desire it, hunger for it, think about it. Then you will realize one day that virtue has begun to fill your life. Consider Philippians 4:8 – “Finally, brothers, whatever things are true, whatever things are honest, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” Trust that the Holy Spirit will guide you and assist you in your pursuits. Most importantly, when we put our trust and efforts in Him, we NEVER leave empty handed!
What you will find as you pursue God’s virtue is that He gives it freely. God will use His word, His presence, and His people to infuse you with His goodness. As you journey along this path, you will find that none of those three will withhold from you. Here we come to a key in living a life full of virtue. If we seek to possess God’s virtue and goodness only for ourselves to be built up, then we will surely fail in our endeavors. Because God’s virtue and goodness are active. What good would Christ’s redemption have been if He had kept it for himself? The greatness of God’s love is not that He holds it for favorites, it lies in that He loves everyone greatly and equally! His virtue and goodness are the same! If you want to live a life of virtue, seek to help and lift up those around you! Seek to share virtue with your family, work colleagues, and fellow church members and watch your life and theirs begin to change. Let virtue be alive and full of action toward others!
We all begin this journey the same. Humbly before the “throne of grace”. Admitting that despite our best efforts we have been content to live at a lower place than perhaps we should. In God’s kingdom, you go down to go up. Start with humility and you will not be on the bottom long. Humility and obedience open doors. What will come through these “doors” that your humility opens will be filled with all of God’s best things. This starts with prayer. Let’s pray together that this week God’s virtue will be revealed to us, infused in us, and shown through us!
– Pastor Jordan and Pastor Holly