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Is There Any Virtue Anymore?

"But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light" (1 Pet. 2;9).

It is rather interesting to me how so many words have fallen out of vogue and been replaced by others. In my teen class one Wednesday evening, I had one of my students ask me what the word "yonder" meant. Now that word may still be used in the south, but its not here in NJ. Many of the old hymns in our songbooks have words of a bygone era. We sings word like ebon, betide, dross, waft and wast without even thinking twice. The word virtue has kind of fallen through the cracks too. As a matter of fact, I had a had time finding many scriptures containing it. The italicized word in today's verse should actually be translated as virtue. Peter records for us a list of wonderful traits that a good Christian ought to engender. They are found in 2 Peter 1:5-7 and are often referred to as virtues. As a matter of fact, the second virtue mentioned on the list is moral excellence....VIRTUE...

I may be getting hung up on wording here, but I just miss the sound and implied loveliness of the word virtue. Look up the word either in a standard dictionary or a Bible one. You will read terms like, goodness, moral excellence, courage, excellence, and even fortitude, vigor or energy. With this in mind, there is little wonder to me that when these wonderful traits laid out for us by Peter, (faith, moral excellence, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness and love) in 2 Peter 1, that we have chosen to call them virtues. The fruits of the spirit that Paul writes of ( love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control) in Gal. 5:22 & 23 are all Christian virtues.

Who knows...Maybe the word just isn't used very much because the trait is so hard to find in today's world. How many people can you look at and with all assurance say, "you are a person of virtue..." As Christians, we are all about striving. We ought to strive for virtue. More on this the next few days...

Have a great day....Your labor is not in vain.... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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