The ABCs of Virtue

Maybe it is just me but I feel like there is a lack of virtue in the world. Although there are many people who strive to be good and pure, the world stands in opposition and teaches that virtuousness is outdated. The world's stance is to throw morals to the wind and do what you feel is right. The world tells us our way is right and that we should be serving ourselves first. As followers of Christ, we know that couldn't be further from the truth. We hold ourselves to the commandments that say we should serve no other gods but God Himself, we shouldn’t lie, murder, or covet. We should hold ourselves to a higher standard and strive to be more like Jesus daily. Christians are called to be in the world but not of the world. That means although we live in the world we are not doing as the world says we should. We are following the ways of God that were given to us through the Bible and through the holy spirit that lives in us. In John 17:14, Jesus is praying to God and says, “I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world.”

I tell you all of this to help you see that Christians are called to be different. We are called to stand out and stand for God despite being hated or ridiculed for our beliefs. One way we stand out is being virtuous in a world that is selfish. That brought me to the question of what is virtue and how do I live that kind of life. I knew that virtue was having a pattern of thought and behavior based on high moral standards but I wanted to dig deeper. So of course the first thing I did was do a quick google search of a list of virtues. I was overwhelmed with a list of hundreds of character traits that seem redundant. Another list I found was made up of only four moral virtues called the cardinal (hinge) virtues. These virtues were; prudence, justice, fortitude, and temperance.

If you have read any of my previous posts you know that I am not one to use big SAT words, I prefer smaller concise words. So I combined these two lists to create what I call the ABCs of virtue. The list is made up of the words I felt captured the idea of being virtuous. Each one is as important as the last.