To have virtue means to have value, moral excellency, and goodness.
Paulie’s message last Friday was about fixing your eyes on whatsoever things are “excellent or virtuous” from Philippians 4:8.
We also looked at 2 Peter 1:5-8 and how important it is to build a good foundation for your spiritual life. It all starts with virtue.
Another characteristic we need to add to virtue is patience. In other words, we must have patience as we practice goodness. James 1:2-4 says,
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”
Every trial and test in life exercises our patience and makes us more mature.
Nobody likes to go through trials and tests, but if you have the mindset to use them as an opportunity to sharpen your faith, God can use each trial to make you stronger in Him.
Make a decision today with the help of the Holy Spirit to use every challenge you face in life as one that you can build on and allow it to cause your faith to grow and mature in Christ every day!