I don’t know about you, but “virtue” conjures up images of my grandma. In fact, she had a giant book titled The Book of Virtues sitting on her shelf. But this week’s study helped me grasp that virtue isn’t an old-fashioned standard just for grandmas; it is a critical part of the Christian life.
In True Woman 201, Nancy and Mary put it this way:
Virtue and purity are two sides of the same coin: the presence of goodness and the absence of defilement (p. 111).
Still not sure what virtue is and why it matters? Check out the video below, and then keep reading. I’ll give you two specific verses to pray in the pursuit of virtue (and a HUGE giveaway).
Stop Polishing Your Virginity Trophy
In the video, I confessed that for many years I had a virginity trophy in my mind. I would polish it up any time I felt superior to someone else or wanted to justify what I saw as a “smaller sin.” But those attitudes stunk! I was being a lot like the Pharisees whom Jesus called “whitewashed tombs” and “grimey cups.” That’s because purity isn’t just about saying “no” to the junk; it’s about replacing impurities with godliness. Being a virgin who was judgmental, prideful, and sometimes rude wasn’t the same as being pure.
A virtuous woman cares more about becoming more like Christ than she does about sticking to a list of do’s and don’ts. That doesn’t look like a trophy. It looks more like this:
- Guarding your way with God’s Word (Ps. 119:9).
- Obeying the truth (1 Peter 1:22).
- Confessing and forsaking sin (1 John 1:9).
- Drawing near to God (James 4:8).
- Approving what is excellent (Phil. 1:10) (True Woman 201, p. 131).
Purity and virtue are not easy, but with God’s help we can get rid of the junk and replace it with godliness. (Remember how to be a RELYer, not a DENYer? If not, here’s a review).
Two Prayers to Pray This Week
As we ask the Lord to fill us with goodness and godliness, here are two prayers we can pray straight from God’s Word:
Search me, O God, and know my heart!
Try me and know my thoughts!
And see if there be any grievous way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting! (Ps. 139:23–24).
Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and renew a right spirit within me (Ps. 51:10).
So how about you?
- Do you think of your Christian walk as a list of do’s and don’ts?
- Are you as concerned about saying “yes” to godliness as you are saying “no” to sin?
- Are there any trophies you polish up in your mind?
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