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#1—Add to Your Faith, Virtue

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#1—Add to Your Faith, Virtue

Virtue isn’t something we’re born with. It’s something that grows supernaturally by the fruit of God’s Spirit within us.

Virtue from The New Testament Greek word, arête is defined as: 1. Moral excellence; 2. goodness, and 3. a necessary ingredient in the exercise of faith.

Miguel de Cervantes said, “Blood is an inheritance; but virtue an acquisition.”

Virtue is far more than just moral excellence and goodness. There’s power in virtue. There’s a force behind virtue that causes us to stand up for truth, righteousness, and justice.

Virtue from the Old Testament Hebrew word, chayil means: 1. a force, whether of men, means or other resources; 2. an army; 3. Wealth; 4. valor, and 5. Strength.

It’s virtuous to take a stand against racism and prejudice. It’s virtuous to defend the cause of the widow, the orphan, and the unborn. It’s virtuous to stand for the weak and those who have no voice. God’s Spirit within us wants to produce men and women of valor who stand for what is right no matter what the cost.

Most commentaries believe Psalms 45 was a prophetic psalm written about Jesus. Psalms 45:4 says, “In your majesty, ride out to victory, defending truth, humility, and justice. Go forth to perform awe-inspiring deeds!”[1]

 

[1] GW

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About Ron Bontrager

Lead Pastor of Lakeview Church in Indianapolis.

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