What is a Virtue?
A good or admirable quality or property; uprightness; rectitude.
A particular moral excellence
Since the introduction of MOG at LLYC, young men have been discussing and striving to embody the virtues demonstrated and taught by the man, Jesus Christ, the prime example for all of humanity. Over the years, we’ve compiled a list of virtues, and we believe each virtue is consistent with the character of Christ. We believe the spirit of Christ calls all people to follow and imitate Jesus.
However, no one can imitate Christ perfectly. In fact, we all fall dreadfully short. In Romans 3:10-23, the apostle Paul wrote that in this life no one has been or will be able to be righteous (or perfectly like Christ). However, God’s spirit lives inside us and calls us to look at Christ as our example, to act like Christ, to follow in his ways. We believe that when we do these things we will see beautiful transformation in our lives and in the world.
As we talk about some of these virtues during MOG, it is critical to keep in mind that we do not earn God’s love or acceptance by striving for these things. God already loves and accepts us. Christ already entered the world and died and rose for all of humanity. These virtues are simply qualities toward which a loving God is drawing us. When we strive for and aspire to these virtues—out of love, out of freedom, out of joy—we will live a more fulfilled life, others will benefit, the Kingdom of God will grow, and the world will look more like it should.
Men of God at LLYC, let’s strive together to emulate Christ. God’s ways are good. Jesus is worth following. Let’s challenge each other to build our lives on these virtues of Christ, our rock, our firm foundation.
A loving God draws us toward these things:
Boldness, Character, Charity, Courage, Discernment, Empathy, Endurance, Faithfulness, Fellowship, Forgiveness, Generosity, Gentleness, Goodness, Grace, Gratitude, Honesty, Hope, Humility, Integrity, Joy, Kindness, Long-suffering, Love, Maturity, Meekness, Obedience, Patience, Peace, Perseverance, Prayerfulness, Purity, Restoration, Sacrifice, Self-Control, Selflessness, Service, Wisdom