Summary Christian virtues are a reflection of the God in us. Christian theologians have traditionally identified faith, hope, and charity (love) as the three Christian virtues (Three Theological Virtues). God has called all of us to virtues of godly excellence, goodness, and righteousness. Christian virtues also consist of things that are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, and of good report. See commentary and scriptures below for more on Christian virtues.
The Christian Virtue of Faith
Love is the Greatest of the Christian Virtues.
Christian theologians have traditionally identified faith, hope, and charity (love) as the three Christian virtues (Three Theological Virtues). Of the three Christian virtues, love is the greatest. Christian virtue love is “agape” love defined as unmerited favor. This is a love that is selfless, unconditional, and voluntary loving-kindness. 1st Corinthians 13:13 advises us that love is the greatest virtue.
1st Corinthians 13:13, “So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”
Christian Virtues – Called To Godly Excellence.
Whether you know it or not, God has called all of us to glory and virtue. Christian virtues can be described as having a godly excellence, a godly goodness, or a godly righteousness. 2nd Peter 1:3 advises us that God has called us to glory and virtue.
2nd Peter 1:3, “His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence,
Christian Virtues – The Christ in Us.
Christian virtues are a refection of the God in us. The dictionary definition of virtue is “a moral excellence, a goodness, or a righteousness”. Christian virtues can be described as a Godly excellence, a Godly goodness, and a Godly righteousness that is reflected in us. 2nd Peter 2:9 advises us that we are chosen to be virtuous.
1st Peter 2:9, “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.”
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Christian Virtues Start in the Mind.
Philippians 4:8 say to think on “… whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; …”. By us meditating on Christian Virtues we will start practicing them. Philippians 4:8 gives us advice to always think on virtuous things.
Philippians 4:8, “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”