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      Christian Virtues

      How are Christians to live in this current world? What are the Christian virtues and how are we to obtain them? We want our lives to be pleasing to God, but many times we fail. [Let's be honest!] We see our faults and our Christian virtues seem slim.

      The first thing we have to realize is that, if we have accepted Jesus as Lord and Saviour, God is already pleased with us. We live under His smile. We do not earn our salvation and we do not work to keep it. It is a gift of the grace of God made possible by the shed blood of Jesus Christ. You and I are already pleasing to God. He sees us through the perfectness of Jesus not the imperfections of our life. We can always come boldly and lovingly into His presence. We have nothing to fear from our loving Father. [See our Master Life Series for an explanation of how law, grace, and love work together.]

      On the other hand, the Christian life is not one of a careless attitude toward sin. We are not to drift along wherever the current of the world may take us. We are commanded, yes - commanded, to war against sin and to work at adding Christian virtues to our lives.

      His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness. Through these He has given us His very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.

      For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But if anyone does not have them, he is nearsighted and blind, and has forgotten that he has been cleansed from his past sins.

      Therefore, my brothers, be all the more eager to make your calling and election sure. For if you do these things, you will never fall, and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
      2 Peter 1:3-11

      This is not working for salvation. This is following the natural progression of salvation. We are like babies born into a new world. We start, often times, with very little, but as we grow to love and obey God we gain in Godly attitudes and actions. The Christian life is a process. We are all moving toward the goal of becoming Christ-like. It is a goal which can never be perfectly fulfilled, but over time we should be coming closer and closer.

      Gaining Christian virtues in our lives is not something which we have to strive to accomplish in our own strength. That is legalism and it always leads to frustration and death. In reality, our Christian life is a partnership of working with God to accomplish the overall goal of increased Christian virtues in our lives. As we work with the Holy Spirit we do not come under condemnation for our failures, but we do grow in our love and knowledge of Jesus Christ and who we truly are in Him.

      Christian Virtues

      Mustard Seed Faith

      Before we look at mustard seed faith we need to know the meaning of faith. What is the definition of faith?

      Blind Faith

      Both Christians AND non-Christians have to begin with faith assumptions. These assumptions or presuppositions cannot be proved by science, they are simply accepted or assumed to be true.

      Women Of Faith

      History has been full of great women of faith who knew how to stand firm in their faith. Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ often brings out great opposition and men, women and children have had to face tremendous trials. Here are five women of faith that I find inspiring.

      Attitude Of Servants

      I doubt you have heard very many messages on the servants in Luke 17:10. It is one of the sayings of Jesus we like to avoid because it conflicts with want we what to believe.

      Faith Vs. Presumption

      Many times these two different belief systems can say the same things and do the same actions, only the results are different. How can we tell the difference between faith and presumption?

      The Value Of Loyalty

      Ruth's loyalty, on the hand, was one of total commitment.  Her focus was on her relationship with Naomi.  She loved beyond herself.

      Why Is Knowing The Bible Important?

      Ironically, those who know the Word of God best are often able to hear the "still small voice" the clearest and discover the will of God with confidence.

      Traits of Great Women And Men Of God

      A great woman or man of God is one who knows their God. Often that will lead to exploits or great acts for the kingdom of God, but the key is they know their God.

      Inspirational Bible Verses For Women

      Bible Verses About Faith

      Quotes About Faith

      Poems About Faith

      Poems About Trust

      Poems About Courage

      Poems About Mercy

      Poems About Peace

      Poems About Praise

           

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