For the next few posts, I just want to share with you several virtues and back them up with scripture. It has become a sad world in recent days. Young people are not valuing such virtues as our forefathers did in generations past. Where are the ethics that carried us through history? I want to begin with two virtues that I think are the most vital. I believe they are the very core of every other virtue and without them, we would have no sense of morality.
- Integrity – “The integrity of the upright guides them, but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity.” Proverbs 11:3. If my children take only one thing from their time in my home, I pray that they become men of integrity. If this is all they learn in their growing up, I will feel as if I have succeeded. If those around you can’t trust that you are going to do what you say you are going to do, you have lost credibility and most likely will not be able to earn it back. If you do, it will be a very long and difficult process. Why would you put that much stress on yourself in the first place when you could simply be honest?
- Discernment – “When a country is rebellious, it has many rulers, but a ruler with discernment and knowledge maintains order.” Proverbs 28:2. Now, chances are you are not the ruler of some country, but if you are a parent, you rule over your household and this scripture can still apply to you. Imagine for a moment that you are given a magic lamp with a genie inside. Now that genie agrees to grant you ONE wish. What would you wish for? Would you wish for all the money In the world? or beauty? or fame? or even respect? God told Solomon that he could have anything he asked for. He didn’t ask for material possessions. The one thing he wanted, the one thing he asked the Lord to grant him was discernment. Good judgment and the ability to separate right from wrong are critical in today’s society. With so many sins and worldly distractions it is a challenge practicing discernment, but we must. If we are going to live a Christ-centered life, discernment has to be so ingrained in us that it is second nature and we don’t even notice it.
Tune in tomorrow for my next post featuring two more virtues.