Character and Virtue
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Jer 9:23 23The Lord says: Don't brag about your wisdom or strength or wealth CEV 24 But let him who glories glory in this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the LORD, exercising loyal love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight.
2Pt 1:3 His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us to/because of glory and virtue, 4 by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world through lust/desire. 5 But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, 6 to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness 7 to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. 8 For if these things are yours and abound…fruitful & reward
Rm 5:1 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3 And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; 4 and perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
Character results from doing what we would not naturally nor instinctively do, for a higher objective than our survival/pleasure.
Gal 5:22 fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 meekness, self-control/temperance Phil 2:13
Wisdom 8:7 She teaches temperance, prudence, justice, fortitude, which are such things as men can have nothing more profitable in life.
I. Faith mind Prudence/Wisdom:
knowing what to do; the ability to govern and discipline oneself by the use of reason; choosing right objectives & right means of obtaining them Syn: humility foresight discernment judgment discrete Ant: foolish prideful indecision
Ps 111:10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: a good prudence/insight have all they that do his commandments
» How do you know what’s right or best? How does one choose between two goods? Are there skills to gaining wisdom/prudence?
II. Faith ex emo+Fortitude/Courage:
doing what you should; mental and emotional strength in courageously facing difficulty, adversity, danger or temptation Syn: peaceful brave valiant Ant: fearful timid anxious cowardly worry helpless
Josh 1:9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous; do not be afraid, nor dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you
» How do you get yourself to do something when you’re scared to do it? Where and why are we most tempted to wimp out?
III. Hope in emo- Temperance/Self-control:
not doing what you shouldn’t; power under control; habitual moderation in the indulgence of the appetites or passions; Syn: patience endurance perseverance diligence Ant: impulsive indulgent unrestrained
Heb 10:36 For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise: Heb 6:11
» How do you get yourself to do what you should and not do what you shouldn’t? How do you kill desire and reprogram your robot?
IV. Love will Justice:
giving others their due, other-centeredness, conformity to truth; assign merited rewards/punishments
Isa 1:17 Learn to do good; Seek justice; Rebuke the oppressor Mt 23:23 neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith
» How do you balance self-interest and other-centeredness? Justice and love? Can one be too just? Does mercy compromise integrity?
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