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"...but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ" 2 Peter 3:1

Personal Virtues

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Ephesians 4:1-3

 

The world in which we live it seems is concerned with nothing but discord, disharmony and disunity. Nation is divided against nation, man against man, class is divided against class, and in many himself there goes on an inner and unceasing battle between the higher and the lower part of his nature. It is God’s intention and design that all this disunity and disharmony should be resolved in Christ; that all nations and all men should become one in Christ; that in Christ the differences should be abolished and the separating walls torn down. Jesus provides the center around whom and in whom all men can be gathered into one.

 

But if ever that oneness is to be achieved and attained, the message of Christ, the fact of Christ, the love and mercy and the seeking heart of God in Christ must be taken to the whole world. And it is the function of the church to take that message to the world. The church must be the body through which Christ acts as the voice through which He speaks. The church must be Christ’s instrument in bringing this diviner unity into the world. But if the church is to succeed in that great task the people within the church must be a certain kind of people. ... and so Paul tells us to “walk worthy of the calling with which you were called.” Eph. 4:1. Another translation reads, “I urge you to behave yourselves in a way that is worthy of the calling with you are called.” Surely if we are going to present to the world the idea of the unity of Christ... then we must live in a manner acceptable to that. Truly if so-called Christians are not living like they should then they are bringing shame and reproach upon Christ and will be punished throughout eternity for such action. We must be mindful of the vast importance of guarding our lives for Christ.

And then Paul tells us that we are to walk with all lowliness. This is the idea of humility. Originally in the mind of the Greek this was a bad word....it described a cringing, cowering, servile, ignoble quality.. and so it largely does today. And yet this set at the very forefront of all virtues and, literally, it is the foundation upon which all virtues are built. It comes from self knowledge. It is the virtue by which a man becomes conscious of his own unworthiness, in essence his own truest knowledge of himself. To really face one’s self is the most humiliating thing in the world. Most of us dramatize ourselves. But true humility comes when we really see ourselves as we are, weak, selfish, a failure in work and personal relations and in achievement. It comes from setting our lives beside the life of Jesus and in the light of the demands of God. Too often we puff out our chest and look around at others and say we are not so bad. 2 Corinthians 10:12 tells us not to compare ourselves with others. Christ is the only real standard

 

It is the constant sense of our won creatureliness. We are God’s creation. God’s creation in absolute dependence upon Him. Of ourselves we have and are nothing, but with Christ we “can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13

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