Virtue 3/3/18

Virtue.

Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.”

Being virtuous is about having strong character. We have all heard the saying that “character is who you are when no one is watching.” It’s tough to always live by that standard, isn’t it?

As we progress in these devotions and in the Law Process it is important, to be honest. Where is it in your life that you have let your guard down and your character has suffered? What lies, that used to be hard to tell, are now easy and almost routine? What action or attitude is reflecting poor character in your life?

Since I asked the questions I will be the first one to answer them. In my work, I have a board of directors made up of thirteen people. Those people, as a collective, are my boss. God calls us to respect authority. God calls us to be kind. I have not obeyed on a consistent basis. My work consumes a good deal of my time and I have fallen into the habit of casting blame for insecurities or negative circumstances onto those select few people. Do they know about it? No, they do not. Does that make it right? No, it does not.

Developing strong character and being virtuous is about being honest with yourself and knowing your weaknesses. In my time writing this I read several passages and quotes. One said, “let your faith guide you.” As our faith strengthens and we start to hear that voice in our head getting stronger, now is the time to understand it and follow. This devotion has been a struggle for me to write. I have had trouble finding the right words to use or scenarios to include. I think that is mainly because of how reflective character is. You are the one who truly knows your own heart and mind. Take some time, right now, to self-assess. What actions have reflected poor character recently? With that being said, our character grows in the same way. Create a set of principles by which you make decisions and hold everything to that standard. Be disciplined.

I am not going to include a prayer here. My prayer will be for my weaknesses, for my character struggles. What are yours? Give those things to God. Ask Him to help you identify a weakness and then ask Him to help you overcome it.

Philippians 4:9 “Whatever you have learned or received from me, or seen in me – put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.”

Quick Recap:

  1. Get honest
  2. Set the standard for YOU
  3. Pray and be disciplined accordingly

1 thought on “Virtue 3/3/18

  1. Be the change you want to see…that is what rings in my head.
    To take it deeper as I write from a place of uncertainty and I pray I am not missing the mark…

    If we are getting honest, It is often a struggle for me to put in the true work it takes to make an effective change that I want to see both inwardly and outwardly. But even when we do “put in the work”….we may surely identify the weaknesses, set a new standard, pray diligently, but somewhere along the road of “developmental” change we trek backwards, do a 180….the natural sin that is in me, and inevitably, all of us takes its course. Therefore, we must begin again. Repent and come back. It gets harder each time to come back, and easier to do the 180… as if the heart has become incessantly hardened to the situation. So how do you not digress, how do you not fail on that road?
    I don’t have answer, but to pick yourself up and try again….and again. To learn to give everything to the Lord (as people say) is something I have not learned to do in my Christian walk.
    But I have found to become more Christ-Like, we must fail, our virtue and our character must falter….but it’s the times when we truly see that our character has been less than adequate that a time of change can take place. Take charge, put on the full armor of God and make war within yourself.

    In the words of our writer “Be Bold. Create Change.” – KMM

    I am a struggling Christian, fraught with faults and failures…thank you for writing KMM

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