We are called to be an exemplar in our community, to steer others in the direction of the Lord, even though the virtue of community has gone out of the window. We’re meant to be living by example in all we do. Jesus is the ultimate expression of power. This is our representation. Humans need to become “little Christs,” imitating what He has done.
He’s trying to make us over until we’re perfect. These are all the virtues to be embraced by Christ’s guidance: love, courage, faith, humility, justice, knowledge, wisdom, obedience, perseverance, faithfulness, prudence, and temperance. These Christ-like attributes are to be an inner part of our new character.
Christ like character encompasses being truthful, loving everyone (even those who are difficult to love), being kind, and self-control, to name a few.
Here are Christian virtues that we need to relive if we are to thrive and set a better example.
We all have varying opinions on topics and opposing views, but we do have to love one another. This includes people from different backgrounds, regardless of their ethnic background or their situation. People must see the love of Christ shine through us.
1 Corinthians 13:13 says, “And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity..
We’ve got to get back to honesty. Nothing positive comes from lies, and people nevertheless do it. We ought to take the higher road and be frank about what we say and do.
Proverbs 11:3 “The integrity of the upright shall guide them: but the perverseness of transgressors shall destroy them.”
The most romantic act between a husband and a woman has been reduced to a ‘feeling.’ Sexual immorality has damaged both Christians and non-Christians, and it is tragic. It kills people both physically and emotionally. Purity and its advantages need to be awaken in our society.
1 Corinthians 6-18-20 says, Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body. What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.
Today, there is a great loss of trust in society in many ways. As Christians, it is important to foster a culture of trust among our families, believers, and non-believers alike. We need to realize that we can trust each other with our troubles, thoughts, and issues. Non-believers need to know that they can also trust us with their concerns and challenges, to know that they’ll never be castigated or criticized.
Titus 2:7 says, In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity.
In the age of the internet , social media, and the way we live today, kindness is difficult to find. It is more frequent to absorb the bad than the good. No matter how difficult the situation may be, we need to act in generosity. We need our friends and neighbors to be able to depend on it, and we need unbelievers to know where they can find it.
Galatians 6:10 says, As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.
It’s tough to maintain faith in challenging situations. Sometimes it’s extremely difficult not to depend on your own feelings and thoughts. But we must always realize that the Lord wants what is best and that He will actually prevent any snares on our way. We should always put all our faith in Him when it comes to the earthly journey because He will always hold our hands.
Proverbs 3:5-6 says, Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
It’s extremely difficult to find hope in the world we are living; there’s always something horrible going on. We have to reclaim our hope through prayer that even the slightest things will improve and keep reading and trust His Word.
Romans 12:12 says, “Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer.”
We’re living in a really self-centered world. However, it is vital that we restore charity and get concerned about others. Everyone appears to think of charity as only a gift for Christmas. But charity is a lot more than that. It’s cleaning one’s closet and donating a free dress gift.
It’s lending a ear to someone else’s struggles or encouraging and talking life to someone in a manner they’ve never encountered before. Charity is much more than a cash contribution; it’s a lifestyle.
Hebrews 13:16 says, “But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.”
In that context, we are all responsible for our actions. We have to take responsibility when the effects are made. We ought to set an example here. We need to prove to people that we’re not flawless and that we make silly mistakes, too.
Galatians 6:5 says, For every man shall bear his own burden.
Believers ought to show our community compassion. A lot of individuals have fallen on hard times and many more to come. It hurts when people lash out with comments like “Oh, he must be out on the street because he’s on drugs.” or “She must be on the street because she is an alcoholic.” Yeah, sometimes, this is real, but not often. Often people lose their jobs or their homes. Often people suffer from mental disorders and can’t cope in life due to simply not being on medication or not being on the correct mix of drugs. Our culture is too eager to judge one another.
Christians ought to set an example and show respect for all people.
Another Christian virtue is loyalty. If we really don’t obey Christ, he’s gone to a lot of distress and discomfort for nothing. He desires us to pay heed to his words and follow his instructions.
He challenges us, “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” (John 14:15). Obedience is compulsory.
Perseverance and Loyalty
These two virtues are so intimately linked that we will recognize them together. Faithfulness, along with righteousness and grace, is two of the most significant matters of the law, Jesus made this promise: “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.” (John 15:4)
Loyalty and perseverance are two further virtues that Christians would learn. Prudence, yes prudence means to show good judgment, to be reasonable, rational, prudent-not reckless. Through the parable of the ten virgins, Jesus explained the virtue of prudence. Five of the virgins were willing when the bridegroom came, and the other five, the ignorant virgins, were not willing. They’ve been shut out. Matthew 25:1-13.
Transformation in character
A caterpillar is a very strange, pitiful insect. But, as you know, this homely bug evolves from its cocoon, which is now being turned into a lovely butterfly. Here we see a reference to Christianity. We’re not very pretty in our natural state either. We appear to be selfish, vain, loathsome little beings who are solely bent on fulfilling our desires.
Christ is trying to improve us. He’s going to strip out our vain little will and replace it with his own. If we let him, he will turn us into a whole different being, a being like himself. The chenille has no alternative. The impulse pushes it to the cocoon. Metamorphosis happens during the transformation into a butterfly.
But we have a choice; we can still say no to God. We should linger with a chenille. God is not going to change us against our will. Christ himself set down the change criteria. And it is not going to do any good to say, “I don’t like the rules” or “I wish they were different.” Christ made the rules. To obey him, we have to believe in him, repent of our sins, confess his name, and be baptized in his name.
That, though, is just the beginning. He wants us to evolve in his own form. We must exercise Christian values before they become part and parcel of our current life. This is how Christ turns humanity into celestial creatures full of compassion, bravery, confidence, modesty, righteousness, understanding, patience, loyalty, perseverance, faithfulness, prudence, and temperance. When Christ finishes our redemption, we will be suitable subjects for the everlasting kingdom of Heaven.
Why is it important in the Christian life?
Christian moral life is one that often seeks to nurture and follow virtue. “Truth is the ordinary and solid nature to do well. It enables a person not only to do good deeds but to offer the best of himself,” Efficient moral life includes the exercise of ethical and religious virtues.
Human virtues shape the soul with the habits of mind and will that promote good conduct, regulate impulses, and escape sin. Virtues direct our actions according to the dictates of faith and reason, leading us to equality based on self-control and pleasure in living a healthy moral life. Compassion, obligation, sense of duty, self-discipline and restraint, integrity, integrity, kindness, bravery, and perseverance are valuable qualities to maintain a virtuous life. Historically, human virtues are clustered into what is called the Cardinal Virtues.
This concept is derived from the Latin word “cardo,” meaning “hinge.” All virtues are similar to or connected to one of the Cardinal Virtues. The four cardinal virtuosos are prudence, justice, fortitude, and temperance.
There are a variety of aspects in which individual virtues are gained. They are acquired by repeated repetition of virtuoso actions, which create a pattern of virtuoso conduct. There is a mutual connection between morality and conduct, for morality, as an inherent fact, allows one to behave socially in morally good ways. Yet it is by tangibly performing good deeds that the virtue inside us is reinforced and develops.
Human qualities are often learned by observing them in the positive examples of others and by informing them about their importance and methods of attaining them. Stories that encourage us to desire those values to lead to their development within us. They are earned by a firm willingness to fulfill those values. In comparison, God’s grace is given to us to purify and improve our individual values, for the truth of sin may thwart our development in righteousness. We open ourselves, particularly through prayer and the Sacraments, to the Holy Spirit’s gifts and the grace of God as another way in which we grow in virtue.
The Religious Virtues of Confidence, Hope, and Charity (Love) are the virtues specifically linked to Nature. They are not obtained through human initiative; rather, starting with Baptism, they are infused within us as gifts from Heaven. They have us willing to live in friendship with the Holy Trinity. Faith, hope, and charity affect human values by growing their consistency and strength in our lives.
Any of the Ten Commandments bans such sins, but each of them also refers to virtues that will help one escape certain sins. Virtues such as kindness, simplicity of nature, gentleness, the modesty of heart, temperance, and fortitude help one conquer and escape what is called the Seven Mortal or Capital Sins — pride, arrogance, or vanity, jealousy, wrath, desire, gluttony, and sloth or laziness — which are the sins that engender other sins and vices.
The development of morality is an important aim for any Christian since virtues play a valuable part in living a Christian spiritual life.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.